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Thermosetting plastics are polymer materials that irreversibly cure. This means they become hard and cannot melt or become liquid again. Curing is initiated through a chemical reaction i.e. two-part epoxy, through heat (generally above 200 degrees Celsius) or by irradiation, such as electron beam processing. The most common thermosetting plastic on board ships is two-part epoxy paint.
Please note that this course will only cover the handling of epoxy paint. Regarding the handling of any other thermoplastics on board, please contact your employer.
Workplace handling of chemicals, such as any thermosetting plastics, is controlled by the Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket) in steering document AFS 2011:19: Chemical Hazards in the Working Environment (Kemiska arbetsmiljörisker). Arbetsmiljöverket requires anyone who handles more than 500 grams of thermosetting plastic components to follow the rules set out in AFS 2011:19.
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