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BASF provides On-line Safety Training Program for MDI handling to Customers

Published on 2005-08-02. Author : SpecialChem

WYANDOTTE, Mich. -- BASF's Polyurethanes business in North America, working in cooperation with industry trade associations, has produced an on-line training program on the safe handling of diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI).

"We developed the program 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, Mich. "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."

The safe handling of MDI website, available only to customers of BASF and its subsidiary, Foam Enterprises LLC, incorporates customized content from training videos produced by relevant trade associations and footage from BASF to cover vital areas that include: 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 molded forms for the automotive, building and construction, industrial, and sports and recreation markets, among others.

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BASF Corporation, headquartered in New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. We employ about 10,000 people in North America and had sales of approximately $11 billion in 2004.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF's intelligent solutions and high-value products help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. In 2004, BASF had approximately 82,000 employees and posted sales of more than $50 billion. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), New York (BF), Paris (BA) and Zurich (AN).

Source: BASF

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