Media Release - NEW ASSESSMENT OF CHEMICAL CONFIRMS
NEED FOR SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
06 Feb 2000
A second assessment of a chemical used in powder coatings in the metal
finishing industry has confirmed the need to keep occupational exposure
levels as low as possible.
Triglycidylisocyanurate, or TGIC, was first assessed by the National
Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) in
April 1994. That report concluded that TGIC was a hazardous substance
capable of producing skin sensitivity in humans as well as potential
Recent human case reports showing that TGIC is a respiratory sensitiser
lead to a second NICNAS assessment report, released today.
The latest assessment also evaluated new animal studies for oral
toxicity and reproductive toxicity, as well as the potential to cause
cancer and skin sensitisation. The animal data confirm that TGIC causes
skin sensitisation and is toxic following repeated exposure.
As TGIC is a sensitiser (skin and respiratory) and toxic, it is
recommended that employers conduct an assessment of the risks to the
health of employees from exposure to TGIC.
NICNAS recommends that employers provide a health surveillance program
in circumstances where there is a likelihood of workers becoming exposed
to TGIC in the workplace.
The report finds that TGIC is unlikely to present a risk to the public
or the environment.
A full copy of the NICNAS Priority Existing Chemical assessment report
on TGIC can be found
on our website
The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme
(NICNAS) operates under the Commonwealth Industrial Chemicals
(Notification and Assessment) Act 1989.
NICNAS is a statutory scheme within the portfolio of the Minister for
Health and Ageing. Its approach to the scientific assessment of
chemicals covers toxicity, exposure and use to assess the environmental,
public health and occupational health and safety risk. For more
information see the web site
Nick Miller, NICNAS, (02) 8577 8810 or 0407 228 285