PDC 423

Safe Use of Isocyanates—Industrial Hygiene Approach



introductory | Credits: 8 CM Credit Hours / 0.8 CEU / 0.5 CMP
Sunday, May 22 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limit: 35


Hazardous Chemicals, Sampling and Laboratory Analysis, Stewardship and Sustainability



Isocyanates can be harmful to the skin and the respiratory system. They are alleged to be one of the main causes of occupational asthma. This PDC is designed to educate, inform, and raise awareness about isocyanates. Participants will be given a summary of the toxicology and medical aspects of isocyanates to help understand the chemical hazards and be able to make informed decisions about ways to reduce exposure. This course contains current data and discussions of the risks inherent in inhalation exposure (respiratory hazard) and dermal exposure (cutaneous hazard). The course will place emphasis on the selection of sampling and analysis methods. The course content will be presented following the industrial hygiene approach, a framework for managing health risks by anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, controlling, and communicating the risk factors linked to exposure to isocyanates.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Anticipate the presence of isocyanates in the workplace.
  • Describe the physical/chemical forms the isocyanates are most likely to be present.
  • Determine the main health effects linked to isocyanate exposure.
  • Conduct exposure evaluations using the right methods of sampling and analysis.
  • Interpret the results obtain from IH laboratories versus the legislation.
  • Identify which means of control are efficient for isocyanate exposure,


Introduction to isocyanates (chemistry)

  • Anticipation of most common isocyanates physical/chemical form
  • Recognition of health effects
  • Evaluation of inhalation and dermal exposure by sampling and analysis
  • Control methods
  • Case-studies

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Workshops

Course Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/16PDC423

Sponsoring Committee

Sampling and Laboratory Analysis