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Health & Safety


European Chemical Regulations supplemented by national and local regulations apply to High Temperature Insulation Wools as these are considered chemical substances.

A number of applicable legal provisions are subject to change or are in transition owing to the new REACH Regulation, which has resulted in the currently ongoing registration process of chemical substances and the recently adopted CLP Regulation.

ECFIA has been collaborating with different European and national authorities to find appropriate solutions for the implementation of these regulations.

Overview of relevant regulations, guidelines and other references

EU directives and regulations, in particular

  • REACH Regulation
  • Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP)
  • REACH/CLP guidance documents
  • Carcinogens Directive
  • EuP Directive

National/local laws and regulations

Technical rules and guidelines

  • TRGS Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances) such as TRGS 905, TRGS 400, TRGS 619, TRGS 558
  • VDI VDI = Association of German Engineers) Guideline 3469 Emission control - Production and processing of fibrous materials - Vol 1 Fibrous Material –Fundamentals, Overview and Vol 5 High-temperature insulation wool
  • BREF (Best Available Technology reference documents) for the Manufacture of Glass (European Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Bureau (EIPPCB))
  • Energy efficiency initiative under the Europe 2020 Strategy
  • INRS (Institut National de la Recherche et de la Sécurité [French National Research and Safety Institute]) Handling guidelines

Other references

  • GHS (Globally Harmonized System [of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals] adopted by the United Nations)
  • IARC classification (International Agency for Research on Cancer [World Health Organization])
  • SCOEL (Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limit Values)
  • DECOS (Dutch Expert Committee on Occupational Safety of the Health Council of the Netherlands)
  • List of MAK values (Maximale Arbeitsplatz Konzentration (German), maximum concentrations at the workplace) established by the Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area of the German Forschungsgemeinschaft)
  • Threshold Limit Values of the ACGIH (American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists)