Reference Work Entry

Handbook of Adhesion Technology

pp 997-1006

Environment and Safety

  • Ansgar van HalterenAffiliated withIndustrieverband Klebstoffe e.V. RWI-Haus Email author 


The handling of adhesives in a responsible way throughout their lifecycle, namely from their manufacture via the usage stage right through to recycling and disposal, is a generally recognized principle. The development and manufacture of adhesives is carried out following the principle of Responsible Care® and the subsequent rules for sustainable development defined by the International Council of Chemical Associations. This specifically means that health protection and environmental compatibility considerations are taken into account when developing and manufacturing new adhesives. This has consequences for the composition of the adhesives, the product design, the recommendations for application of adhesives, and the purpose of use and for the recycling of bonded products after they have been used. This chapter deals with the different aspects of consumer, work, and environmental protection, including health and safety information, related to the use of adhesives in industrial and private areas.


Adhesives waste allergies consumer protection emission of organic solvents environmental assessment environmental compatibility hazard potential health protection personal protection equipment predicted Environmental Concentration (PEC) predicted No-Effect Concentration (PNEC) protective measures recyclable design responsible Care safety Data Sheet skin irritation sustainable Development toxicity work protection workplace limit value