Please find below a list of chemicals used in Baldonnel (past and or present) that are known chemical sensitisers. As sensitisers these chemicals are usually classed as either contact or respiratory sensitisers however we are investigating whether exposure via inhalation can trigger anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, idiopathic pain & Irritable Bowel Syndrome due to an immunological reaction.
Once a person is sensitised to a chemical, further exposure appears to lead to an excessive immune system response to even very small amounts of the trigger chemical. Sentitised individuals end up unable to tolerate chemicals at levels easily tolerated by persons with no sensitisation.
Some info from the University of Edinburgh
Air Corps Sensitisers
|Barium Chromate||All hexavalent chromium compounds known sensitisers|
|Calcium Dichromate||All hexavalent chromium compounds known sensitisers|
|Epichlorohydrin||Used in glues, epoxies and resins.|
|Hexamethylene diisocyanate||See Isocyanates below.|
|Hydrofluoric Acid||Can melt glass but also a skin sensitiser|
|Isocyanates||Used in the manufacture of almost all polyurethane foams, paints & plastics. The problem here is that once sensitised, for example by unprotected exposure to aircraft paints, then other polyurethanes will constantly trigger a response even at home such as wall insulation, carpet underlay, cushions, expanding foam, glues, sofas, mattresses & pillows. Polyeurothane is also found in car plastics & building cladding. Be sure to air your home and air your car on hot days as this causes the plastics to leach Isocyanate gasses.|
|Magnesium Chromate||All hexavalent chromium compounds known sensitisers|
|Methyl 1,2,2,6,6-pentamethyl-4-piperidyl sebacate|
|Potassium Chromate||All hexavalent chromium compounds known sensitisers|
|Potassium Dichromate||All hexavalent chromium compounds known sensitisers|
|Sodium Chromate||All hexavalent chromium compounds known sensitisers|
|Strontium Chromate||All hexavalent chromium compounds known sensitisers|
|Rosin||This was used as a soldering flux in Avionics Squadron and Air Support Company Signals.|
|1,1,1-Trichloroethane||Degreaser. Banned in 1996 as an Ozone depleter.|
|Zinc Chromate||All hexavalent chromium compounds known sensitisers|
As we research ECHA classification chemicals in use this list of known sensitisers is expected to grow.