Truth about toxicity of solventborne Timber Floor Coatings and in particular cancer causing Toluene Diisocyanate, TDI, which are used in Australian solvent based 1 and 2 pack polyurethanes coatings (The real bad smelly ones). The end users of these products conveniently hide the facts about all toxic issues, how long they take to dry before you should move in and are made difficult to access.
Affordable Floors information on toxicity and chemical exposure, in particular in relation to floor coatings, is used as a valuable resource for TAFE Colleges, community interest groups, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity groups, Asthma concern groups, and the general public at large with concerns over toxicity of chemical exposures. Floor sander trades persons who realise that there is indeed an obvious link between high occupational solvents exposure and serious health issues are our main source of enquiry, especially those starting out on families or who have young families.
The Afforable Floors is commitment to never using any solventborne coatings and in particular never to use any class 2 carcinogenic Toluene Diisocyanate, TDI.
Solvent and / or Isocyanate exposure is medically linked (ask us for government or medical reports) to:
- Chronic and Acute Asthma
- Sleep Apnoea
- Aggressive Behaviour
- Pregnancy Failure as result of male partner exposure
- Memory Loss
- Cancer in animals
- Peripheral nerve conditions
Some simple facts are:
- Afforable Floors products are classified as non-toxic in that they do not require personal protection from fumes during normal use.
- All solventborne products are classified as toxic in that they require respirator use in their normal use.
- Negative pressure cartridge respirators simply do not work for class 2 carcinogenic TDI that is contained in all one and two pack solventborne Polyurethanes.
- All cartridge respirator manufacturers and major manufacturers of solventborne Polyurethanes clearly state that the only respirator to use for guaranteed TDI protection are full face forced air types.
Check out just some of the available toxicity information yourself by following references.
- Pregnancy & Solvents
- TDI MSDS
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s).
- IPCS International Programme on Chemical Safety
- United States Environmental Protection Agency
Below is a list of sites that will inform you about toxins in your home:
http://www.pbs.org/now/transcript/transcript117_full.html – transcript to Bill Moyer’s Show – Now — May 10, 2002
Energy and water efficient design and materials are fast becoming compulsory requirements in building codes. Other integral green-building considerations are the use of low embodied energy materials (materials that use minimum energy resources and manufacturing processes) such as recycled and renewable materials, and materials with low toxicity. When all of these factors are considered, the result is a building with minimum energy and water consumption and high indoor air quality. Green buildings not only have a reduced impact on the environment but frequently save their owners money on materials purchased and long-term operational costs. Green buildings are likely to increase worker productivity due to a healthier indoor air quality.
Conventional varnishes usually contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). Some solvents and pigments used in conventional varnishes and lacquers can contain VOCs which are emitted into the indoor environment for up to 10 years.
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