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Table 1 Examples for substances restricted for use in the EU and their probable return via imported construction products [25]

From: How should we deal with the interfaces between chemicals, product and waste legislation?

Substance Areas of use/products
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) Flame retardant, especially for XPS and EPS
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), butylbenzyl phthalate (BBP) Plasticisers in plastics, especially PVC
Organotin compounds Stabilisers in PVC plastics
Pentabromodiphenyl ether Flame retardant, among others for polycarbonate and polyurethane
Pentachlorophenol (PCP) Wood preservative
Leather conservation
Lead carbonate, lead sulphate Mainly pigments
Chromates (VI), dichromates, chromium trioxide Corrosion inhibitor
Production of batteries and stainless steel
Tanning of leather
Surface treatment (chrome plating, e.g. screws, electrical appliances)
Wood stain