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Methylisothiazolinone in Paint

Methylisothiazolinone (MI) in Paint

MI/MIT is used in paint as a preservative to give shelf-life during transporation and storage for sale and use. MIT/MI is also used in many other consumer goods such as cosmetics, household cleaning products and personal care products. However, because the amount of MIT in paint is so small, there is currently no legal requirement to label products.

However, from June 2015 there is a new legal requirment for MI/MIT to be declared when it is present at 100 parts per million and to label products accordingly.

MI/MIT was featured on the BBC Watchdog programme recently (boardcasted on 14 May 2014) due to the small percentage of the population already sensitised to MIT/MI can suffer an allergic reaction.

This is not a new issue and several articles have appeared in national newspapers from 2012 concerning the rise in allergies, or contact dermatitis, from the use of the preservative.

We are fully in support of the legal requirements and are currently in the process of reviewing our labelling go beyond legisalation complianc and to coincide with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) initiatives before June 2015 thus safeguarding the users of our products and assuring environmental protection.

REACH primary aims are to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks of chemicals and enhance the competitiveness and innovation of the EU chemicals industry.

Consumers should always follow our guidelines for the safe use of paint products and anyone developing symptoms of an allergic reaction should seek the advice of a medical expert immediately.

A number of our water-based products do contain the preservative. For more information or queries please contact us.


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