30.09.2019

Make working with epoxy resins safer

Due to their material properties, epoxy resins are used in many industries. While cured epoxy resins are dermally non-hazardous, ingredients of the starting components may have sensitizing properties that can lead to allergic skin reactions.. In the past, FoBiG was involved in two DGUV funded projects to assess the sensitizing potency of epoxy resin ingredients (FP-0324 and FP-0384, Heine et al. 2012, 2016). In order to supplement the work of the existing two research projects, the working group “Epoxy Resin Ingredients” (AK EIS) was founded in 2017 in addition to the existing working group “Epoxy Resins”. FoBiG scientifically supports the AK EIS. For example, a calculator, the “EIS-Gemischerechner”, was developed. It is a practical tool that compares two technically exchangeable epoxy resin products with regard to their sensitizing potency. The results of the extensive work of both working groups and the research projects is now available online on the updated epoxy resin page of the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (German only).

For further information, please contact Karin Heine.