By David Reed, UT EditorWyandotte, Michigan-BASF’s Polyurethanes business in North America, working in cooperation with industry trade associations, has produced an on-line training programme on the safe handling of MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate).”We developed the programme to make safety training more convenient and efficient for our customers,” said Bill Robert, a member of BASF’s Environmental, safety and health team based at the Polyurethanes business’s North American headquarters in Wyandotte.”Instead of going through the effort of coordinating the schedules of their workforce with our safety or technical service representatives, customers can access the website to conduct safety training for handling MDI whenever they want and as often as they’d like,” he added in a 1 Aug. statement.The safe handling of MDI website is available only to customers of BASF and its subsidiary, Foam Enterprises llc. It incorporates customised content from training videos produced by relevant trade associations and footage from BASF to cover vital areas such as: proper unloading procedures for drum and intermediate bulk containers, rail tank cars, inter-modal portable tanks and cargo tank trucks; emergency response; and physical characteristics and health effects of MDI. Customers interested in gaining access to the MDI safe handling training website should contact their BASF or Foam Enterprises sales representative, said Robert.MDI is a diisocyanate chemical used as an important basic product to make polyurethanes, which are versatile plastics with a broad range of applications and properties that can be customized. MDI-based polyurethanes are used to produce rigid foams, elastomers, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and flexible slab and moulded forms for the automotive, building and construction, industrial, and sports and recreation markets, among others.”
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