May 4 - May 8, 2020

The European Union recently published the official delegated regulation to classify titanium dioxide as a suspected carcinogen by inhalation. Should TiO2 powder products carry more than 1% of the substance, the product will now be required to display a cancer warning. Are you in support or opposition of these measures?

Answers Votes
Opposition. 68%
Support. 32%
Other (Please respond in the comments). 0%

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Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Health and safety; Latin America; North America; TiO2; Titanium dioxide; Z-Continents

Comment from Michael Halliwell, (5/12/2020, 10:29 AM)

I'm hoping someone can enlighten me a bit more one this one. Considering the difficulty with biologically clearing it, the quite stable nature of TiO2, as well as the potential for similar responses as with silica and asbestos within the lungs, I'm wondering what the main opposition to this change is *for TiO2 powder*? I can understand not wanting the classification applied to paints and liquid coatings...I can see the challenge and stigma that would arise there. But...and please forgive my ignorance coming from an environmental background, rather than coatings one....are folks in the industry regularly dealing with powdered TiO2 as they apply coatings / paints in the field or at the shop / fab yard? Personally, I'd rather be a little "paranoid" about the powdered form now and take more conservative/protective PPE measures, rather than dealing with "titaniosis" in the future.

Comment from Jacob Landon, (5/13/2020, 3:27 AM)

TiO2 powder is in almost all manufactured coatings, not likely to have the contractor mixing the powder. However, it seems that this may happen on occasion with power coating (various blogs discussed this). The problem is conflicting information for the everyday consumer. I have seen reports that this warning may be placed on consumer products. The opposition states years of scientific research starting that when mixed TiO2 has never raised any red flags. Those opposing worry consumers will be frightened unnecessarily. Those for argue an abundance of caution because of the potential for consumers and contractor to remove and/or recycle TiO2 which may hypothetically allow for the particles to be inhaled. This is just like any other particle/dust that already have precautionary measures in place. You can read a much more thorough article here:

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (5/13/2020, 10:26 AM)

Removing paint seems by far the more likely to be an exposure issue than applying it.

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