What is it?
Organo Tin Compounds or stannenes are chemical compounds based on tin with hydrocarbon substituent(s)
Potential health hazards
• They are major concern for environmental pollution.
• If present in higher levels, Very harmful to Aquatic life.
• Endocrine/ central nervous system disruptors.
• Organotin compounds are environmental pollutants and particularly harmful to aquatic environments. They can damage liver, kidneys, blood forming process and can cause disruption of the enzyme system.
Commonly found in:
Plastics, inks, paints and heat transfer material.
Related legislation (non-exhaustive)
• European Union: REACH Annex XVII, entry 20
• Switzerland: Chemical Risk Reduction Ordinance, Ordinance on objects intended for contact with mucous membranes, skin and hair.
Maximum limit (non-exhaustive)
• Tri-substituted, dibutyltin (DBT), dioctylin (DOT): ≤0.1% (by weight of tin)
• Tri-substituted, dibutyltin (DBT), dioctyltin (DOT) organotin compounds: <0.1% (by weight of tin)
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