On Thursday 17 April 2017 ECFIA representatives had the opportunity to present the Product Stewardship Programme, the CARE Programme, and toxicological and epidemiological aspects of HTIW at the 2017 BOHS conference that took place in Harrogate.

The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)

The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) is a science-based, charitable body that provides information, expertise and guidance in the recognition, control and management of workplace health risks. It was founded in 1953 and has over 1800 members in 57 countries.

Via campaigns and initiatives, BOHS collaborates with other stakeholders in the field of health and safety to highlight risks, and raise awareness of the causes of occupational diseases – and how workers should be protected.

The most important event in the BOHS calendar, the annual Occupational Hygiene Conference is the leading international conference in the field of worker health protection in the UK, attracting around 400 UK and International delegates.

ECFIA´s Product Stewardship Programme at the BOHS 2017 conference

During this year´s conference ECFIA had the opportunity to host a themed session that was divided into three parts:


Product Stewardship in Practice – CARE After 20 Years? The Challenges. Dawn Webster

Along with a general introduction on ECFIA and the PSP, Dawn Webster´s presentation focused on the Controlled And Reduced Exposure (CARE) Programme.

She presented information on the scope of CARE, detailed information on the monitoring activities, the identified functional job categories, and the results and conclusions that have been deduced from 20 years of data. [Link to presentation]


The Practical Impact of a PSP on Controlling Industrial Exposures. Nicola Robinson

After the overview given by Dawn Webster, Nicola Robinson presented a case study to illustrate some of the practical aspects and impacts of the PSP.

She also showed how the advice given by ECFIA´s occupational hygienists led to improvements in workplaces and reductions in exposures to fibrous dusts. [Link to presentation]


HTIW Toxicology / Epidemiology. Prof. Paul Harrison

Prof. Harrison started with a general introduction to the principal mechanisms of fibre toxicity. He moved on to describe the early toxicological investigations on HTIW and explained how later studies have led to our current understanding of the toxicity of HTIW. [Link to presentation]

In the second part of his presentation Prof. Harrison informed the audience of the epidemiological studies conducted on Aluminosilicate Wools (ASW) – also known as Refractory Ceramic Fibres (RCF) – and how these results influence ECFIA´s Product Stewardship Programme. [Link to presentation]


The speakers received very positive feedback from the audience and ECFIA was commended on its actions to improve worker and end user health and safety. It was especially acknowledged that ECFIA´s members work together on these topics even though they are competitors in the market. This feedback encourages us to further pursue the goals that are at the centre of our Product Stewardship Programme.


If you have further questions on the topics or if you have become interested in any part of the PSP, then feel free to contact us:

  • eMail: info@ecfia.eu
  • Phone: +33 6 31 487426