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Harmlessness to health confirmed by certificate


* BASF specialty foam Basotect satisfies the requirements of the Oeko-Tex Standard 100

Basotect®, the melamine resin foam from BASF, is now certified to the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100. Tests carried out by an independent test institute have shown that the two grades Basotect V 3012 and Basotect G satisfy the human ecological requirements of the standard in product class III. The two product grades, which are used in household and construction applications, are thus deemed to be harmless to health in usage and processing. This means that no substances which are hazardous to health are released and absorbed through the skin.

The certificate is awarded for a year. The Oeko-Tex certification center can demand renewed product testing at any time in order to verify that the product characteristics match the requirements of the certificate. The two product types were tested for extractable heavy metals, banned azo dyes, formaldehyde, organic tin compounds, chlorinated benzenes and phenols, perfluorinated compounds, plasticizers, and highly volatile organic compounds. Foam articles are also checked for emissions in order to prevent the emission of possible pollutants into the air. Both Basotect grades achieved results considerably below the limit values.

Basotect as sound absorber and cleaning application

BASF manufactures Basotect in the form of blocks which are processed by foam finishers to molded ready-to-install components. The melamine resin foam is noted for its low density (less than 10 g/l), excellent sound-absorption, high level of fire safety and temperature resistance. Thanks to its low flammability, Basotect G is used primarily to acoustically insulate areas with enhanced fire-safety requirements, for example buildings, cars, and trains. Basotect V 3012 is used as a household cleaning eraser thanks to its lightly abrasive qualities; in the clothing industry the foam is processed e.g. to shoulder pads.

Oeko-Tex Standard 100

The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a globally uniform testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of processing which aims to completely remove all harmful substances. The tests for harmful substances comprise substances which are prohibited or regulated by law, chemicals which are known to be harmful to health, and parameters for precautionary measures to safeguard health. The tests are carried out by authorized, independent textile research and test institutes. Over 82,000 certificates have been awarded to date. The certificate can be identified by the slogan “Confidence in Textiles”, the particular test number and the test institute.

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