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A new European standard on “Spray booths for organic coating material – Safety requirements” will replace three old standards, two of which had been the subject of a formal objection made by France.
This objection concerned European standards EN 12981 (Coating plants – Spray booths for application of organic powder coating material – Safety requirements) and EN 12215 (Coating plants – Spray booths for application of organic liquid coating materials – Safety requirements). France asserted that the recommendations of these standards concerning aeraulic performance and exposure to isocyanate (a chemical substance that can entail risks of death) were inadequate. This objection was analysed by the European Commission in 2008 and led to these standards being removed from the OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union).
As of 2010, joint work by France, Germany and the UK to produce a joint protocol for analysis of aeraulic performance and exposure to isocyanate led to the 2012 signature of a European agreement defining the principles of sound design of paint booths. This agreement served as a basis for the work of revision of the two removed European standards and standard EN 13355 (Coating plants – Combined booths – Safety requirements) from 2012 to 2015 to arrive at a single draft standard EN 16985. The new standard is set to be published in February 2018.