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Vanguard Blinds – Ecoline Aluminium Blinds, Shutters, Louvres and Privacy Screens

ECOSPECIFIER ISSUES OF CONCERN / RED LIGHTS

Powder Coatings:  The powder coatings may contain, depending on colour, titanium dioxide pigment and zinc dust.

In 2006, the IARC reclassified titanium dioxide as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). This issue of concern relates to the inhalation of pure powdered and ultra-fine titanium dioxide dust during manufacture and application of powder coatings.  OHS issues should be mitigated through the use of automated systems and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment to remove the risk of exposure.

Zinc dust is very toxic to aquatic organisms (R50) and may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment (R53).  Precautions during application and proper disposal of containers and waste material should be taken to prevent exposure to surface water and aquatic environments.

Issue of Concern:

The aluminium treatment involves the application of chromic acid, which has the following risk phrases: may cause cancer (R45), may cause heritable genetic damage (R46), toxic in contact with skin or if swallowed (R24/25), very toxic by inhalation (R26), causes severe burns (R35), danger of serious damage to health by prolonged exposure through inhalation (R48/23), very toxic to aquatic organisms and may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment (R50/53).  The issue of concern relates to the OHS issues during treatment and waste water contamination and not to the product in use.  OHS issues should be mitigated through the use of automated systems and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment to remove the risk of human exposure.  Environmental management practices for effluent exist to minimise the release of chromic acid into aquatic environments.

The aluminium treatment also involves the application of acidic solutions containing hydrofluoric, sulphuric, and nitric acids that can cause severe burns (R35).  OHS issues should be mitigated through the use of automated systems and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment to remove the risk of human exposure.

Information last verified on 29th August 2011

 

ASSESSMENT COMPARISON

No external shading device, internal shading, external timber shutters and blinds

 

RELATED TOPICS

Appropriate durability

sustainability criteria satisfied

Workplace OHS, Occupant Health, Human Wellbeing

Low/Reduced offgassing

Air Pollution

Reduced or no toxicity through life cycle

Reduced smog-forming potential

Reduced ODS

Reduced GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions

Energy Resources

Reduced embodied energy

Other Vital Signs

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

Documented manufacturer claims

Expert Assessment