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European Commission publishes proposal for the revision of the Carcinogens Directive

On 13th May the European Commission published its proposal for the revision of the Carcinogens Directive, containing a BOELV for ASW/RCF of 0,3 f/ml. The proposal is based on scientific evidence and follows broad discussions with scientists, employers, workers, Member States’ representatives and labour inspectors, and follows the recommendation made by SCOEL in October 2010.

[Link to EC press release]

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Position paper “Regulatory Risk Management of ASW/RCF”

This document and the associated references are intended to inform regulatory decision makers about ECFIA´s approach to workplace risk management for ASW/RCF products.

It concludes that the application of OSH regulation based on the STOP principle (Substitution where feasible, otherwise Technical, Organizational and Personal exposure protection as needed), including compliance with a scientifically justified exposure limit, adequately manages the potential risk associated with the handling and use of ASW/RCF products.

[Link to document]

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Occupational exposure to refractory ceramic fibers and respiratory cancer risk: Results of the Icare study

Exposition professionnelle aux fibres céramiques réfractaires et cancers respiratoires: résultats de l’étude Icare [Occupational exposure to refractory ceramic fibers and respiratory cancer risk: Results of the Icare study]. Gérazime, A., Stücker, I. & Luce, D. (2015). Archives Des Maladies Professionnelles Et De l’Environnement, 76(4): 399-399.

This study assessed the relationship between occupational exposure to RCF and the risk of upper aero-digestive tract cancer and lung cancer by analyzing data from a case-control study population. Read more »

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Regulatory risk assessment approaches for synthetic mineral fibres

Harrison, P., Holmes, P., Bevan, R., et al. (2015). Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, 73(1): 425-441.

A number of different organisations worldwide have assessed the health risk of synthetic mineral fibres (SMF) and established workplace exposure limits. Read more »

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New occupational exposure limit value for ASW/RCF in Japan

On 17th April 2015, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare made the decision to set 0.3 f/ml as the new occupational exposure limit value for ASW/RCF fibrous dust.

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Prioritisation of (Zirconia) Alumino Silicate RCF, current situation

The results of the three-month public consultation that followed publication of ECHA’s fifth draft recommendation were evaluated by the Member State Committee (MSC) in co-operation with ECHA. Read more »

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Prioritisation consultation | What you could do: Comment from your perspective

Following the format provided on ECHA´s website, your comments should be structured in four main areas. Below are examples of commentary topics for each of these areas – again, we´d like to emphasize that your comments should reflect your own perspective. Read more »

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Prioritisation consultation | How to place your comments

Please remember the consultation period ends 23 September. Comments have to be submitted using ECHA´s web form (plain text – formatted text and graphs only as attachments).

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Prioritisation consultation | ECFIA´s comments

ECFIA has already submitted comments via the ECHA website. These comments focussed on two key aspects:

  • Firstly, the Annex XV dossiers do not describe the RCF products that are currently sold on the European market. Read more »
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Prioritisation of (Zirconia-) Aluminosilicate Refractory Ceramic Fibres (RCF) for authorisation under REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006

The REACH Regulation requires that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recommends “Candidate Listed” substances for inclusion in Annex XIV (“Authorisation List” – the list of substances requiring authorisation for use in Europe), taking into account the opinion of the Member State Committee.

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