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Company Eliminates BPA in Epoxy Formula

Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Allied Construction Technologies Inc. has eliminated the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in its 2170 Moisture Mitigation and Alkalinity Control epoxy coating.

The company says the reformulation of the two-component, 100% reactive solids coating is a move meant to protect the health and safety of workers.

The product is designed for all types of flooring systems in new construction and renovation projects.

About BPA

“We are committed to innovate and improve—even if it’s not yet ‘legally’ regulated or mandated under LEED,” Penny Czarra, president of AC•Tech, said in a news release.

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The manufacturer states that it will not be charging a premium for its BPA-free formulations as they become available this year.

According to the Norfolk, VA-based company, Bisphenol-A is on the “red list” of chemicals used in many epoxies and concrete coatings. Manufacturers have long been encouraged to invest in alternative formulations that eliminate this hazardous compound while delivering equal performance, AC•Tech says.

The company notes that many believe that BPA is “locked” into the epoxy once cured, posing minimal environmental and health concerns. Consequently, many manufacturers have postponed investing in alternatives.

On the Job

Czarra explains that workers who mix epoxy on the job create a “mini-manufacturing plant,” producing a chemical reaction between the components. The workers watch both hyperlinking and curing processes take place once the mixed coating hits the slab, she notes.

“Obviously, construction personnel are onsite when these chemical reactions take place…and often building occupants and business customers are in close proximity to the epoxy application, too.

“We should all be concerned about the health and safety of construction workers who are exposed to these chemical reactions daily. If it’s within our power to improve our formulations to reduce or eliminate harmful chemicals, it’s our duty to do so.”

The company states that it will not be charging a premium for its BPA-free formulations as they become available this year.

More information: www.actecperforms.com.

   

Tagged categories: Bisphenol A (BPA); Coatings Technology; Epoxy; Floor coatings; Floors; Health and safety; North America; Resinous flooring

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