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The most important regulations and directives Laws and norms

There are a number of regulations and standards for industrial coatings. They regulate the use of certain substances, specify limit values and describe occupational safety measures. We have compiled the relevant regulations and specifications here.

DIN standards

Standardized test methods for coatings

For coatings, there are numerous standardized test methods for determining various properties, which can be divided into different groups:

  • chemical coating test
  • chemical resistance
  • electrical coating test
  • mechanical check
  • spectroscopic coating testing
  • topological coating testing
  • UV weathering
Taber abraserDIN ISO 15082
Natural weathering testDIN EN ISO 2810
Climatic change test, condensation water testDIN EN ISO 6270-2, DIN 50018, DIN EN ISO 3231
Climatic change test (blistering of paint layers)ASTM Methode D-2247-2015
Sun testDIN EN ISO 16474-2
Light and weather fastnessDIN EN 20105, DIN EN ISO 105
Weather resistanceDIN EN ISO 16474-1
Xenon testDIN EN ISO 16474-2
Colorimetry and gloss measurements
Color deviations (before/after weathering); glossDIN 5033
ReflectometerDIN EN ISO 2813
Moisture resistance
CondensationDIN EN ISO 6270-2
Kesternich methodDIN EN ISO 6988, DIN 50018
Testing of resistance to saliva and perspirationDIN 53160
Tear test; pull-off testDIN EN ISO 4624
Tape testASTM D 3359
Mandrel bend test (mechanical deformation)DIN EN ISO 6860
Cupping indexDIN EN ISO 1520
Cross cutDIN EN ISO 2409, ASTM D 3359
Impact testASTM D 2794
Buchholz hardness test (indentation resistance)DIN EN ISO 2815
Pendulum hardnessDIN EN ISO 1522
Corrosion tests in artificial atmospheres; salt spray testsDIN EN ISO 9227
Layer thickness measurement
Magnetic inductive methodDIN EN ISO 2178
Eddy current methodDIN EN ISO 2360

Regulations and directives

Everything under control: REACH, VOC, RoHS

Environmental protection is a relevant topic for the paint processing industry. The most important directives on this subject can be found here.

To the regulations

ATEX directives

Minimum requirements for explosion protection

The term ATEX, which stands for the French abbreviation “Atmosphère explosible”, refers to the two European Community directives on explosion protection. While the ATEX Directive 94/9/EC sets out requirements for equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, the ATEX Directive 1999/92/EC defines minimum requirements for the health and safety of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres.

Operational safety

Safety and health protection in providing work equipment

The German Industrial Safety Regulation, referred to as BetrSichV, specifies what must be observed when an employer provides work equipment and what employees need to consider in their use. The regulation describes a protective concept that can apply to all hazards relating to work equipment.

Ordinance on the prohibition chemicals

Restricts or bans particular hazardous substances

The ordinance on the prohibition of chemicals came into effect in 1993. It defines the bans and restrictions on marketing hazardous substances in general and especially dangerous substances such as asbestos, formaldehyde, dioxins, furans, benzene, aromatic amines, arsenic, mercury and cadmium compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls and polychlorinated terphenyls, pentachlorophenols, vinyl chloride, aliphatic hydrocarbons or tar oils.

Ordinance on hazardous substances

Protection against hazardous substances

The German Hazardous Substances Ordinance (GefStoffV) serves primarily to transpose EC Directive 98/24/EC into German law. The aim of the Hazardous Substances Ordinance, which is anchored in the Chemicals Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act, is to protect people and the environment from harmful effects.