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Health & Safety

Risk Management Obligations

Risk management obligations are imposed on Employers by the EC Directive 2004/37EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 (Carcinogens Directive) on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at the workplace.

The main obligations resulting from the application of the Carcinogens Directive apply only to ASW/RCF.

Substitution obligation (Art.4 Carcinogens Directive)

  • Replace as far as technically possible by a substance, preparation or process which under its conditions of use, is not dangerous or is less dangerous to workers' health or safety as the case may be
  • Submit findings of investigations to relevant authorities

Avoiding exposure (where technically feasible).

Reducing exposure (if it cannot be avoided) by:

  • Using closed systems
  • Using dust collecting equipment (dust extraction at source etc.)
  • Using prefabricated products
  • Limiting access to authorised persons only
  • Using personal protective equipment

Please refer to our CARE Guidance documents http://www.guidance.ecfia.eu that recommend specific measures to reduce exposure.

Reference documents

  • TRGS 619: Technical Rule for Hazardous Substances – Substitute materials for alumino-silicate wool products, February 2007; http://www.baua.de
  • VDI-Guideline 3469 Emission control – Production and processing of fibrous material sheet 1 (HTIW), February 2007
  • INRS several technical brochures on refractory ceramic fibres (in French: fibres céramique réfractaires); www.inrs.fr
    • FAS 9 – Fiche d’aide à la substitution: Substitution des fibres céramiques réfractaires (FCR) (2007)
    • Fibres céramiques réfractaires. Isolation et protection thermique en milieu industriel; Guide de prévention (ED 6085, 2011)
    • Exposition aux fibres céramiques réfractaires lors de travaux d'entretien et de maintenance (ED 6084, 2010)
    • Captage de fibres céramiques réfractaires sur poste fixe; Guide de prévention (ED 6156, 2013)
    • Fibres céramiques réfractaires: recommandations pour capter les poussières ; Notes techniques (NT4, 2013)
  • COSHH Regulation 7
  • HSE Guidance booklet seven steps to successful substitution of hazardous substances

Specific OELs for ASW/RCF

The Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL) classified RCF in 2011 as SCOEL Carcinogen group C (genotoxic carcinogens for which a practical threshold is supported) allowing SCOEL to propose an occupational exposure limit for RCF of 0.3 f/ml.

Specific OELs set by national authorities varying from country to country (1f/ml – 0.1f/ml) must always be respected.

For AES and PCW the general dust limit values generally apply.

National Exposure Limit Values

Following EU classification, it was left to the individual member states to develop their own occupational exposure limits (OELs), which are binding within local workers' protection laws. Employer Obligations with respect to Exposure Limit Values

  • Information to be submitted to authorities
  • Information to be provided to workers on: health risks, handling instructions (including transport, waste)
  • Training
  • Health surveillance
  • Record keeping

Marketing restrictions

Directive 76/769 EC (Limitations Directive), prohibits substances listed in Annex 1 of the Dangerous Substances Directive to be sold to the general public. This prohibition has been transferred to Annex 17 N 28 of the REACH Regulation on restriction on the manufacture, placing on the market and use of certain dangerous substances, preparations and articles.

No sales of ASW/RCF to consumers.

Safety Data Sheets

Safety data sheets are mandatory for those substances listed in Article 31 REACH Regulation (classification as hazardous, biopersistent or being considered an SVHC for other reasons). SDS have been provided for a long time to customers for all products containing ASW/RCF, AES and PCW.

SDS will be continued to be provided on a voluntary basis for AES and PCW.