Germany: Public Consultation on Oximes Now Running
The German Federal Chemicals Agency (Bundesstelle für Chemikalien: BfC), a department of the Federal Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin: BAuA) is holding a public consultation (German only) on various oximes, including silane and oxime-silane compounds until February 11, 2020. Up to that date, companies or agencies can submit relevant usage information for the chemicals with a Web form. The Agency want to use the information it collects to create a risk management option analysis (RMOA) and find suitable substitutes for carcinogenic methylethyl ketone oxime (MEKO).
Like other oximes, MEKO is used in paints and lacquers to prevent the formation of a skin during storage. They are also used in silicon sealants.
In its rationale for the consultation (German only), the BAuA states that commercial users, such as painters and varnishers are particularly at risk from the hazardous chemicals. But non-commercial users are also affected because oximes can be released for a long time after application and hardening of the sealants.
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