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The European Glass Fibre Producers Association based in Brussels.

GlassFibreEurope promotes the positive contributions of glass fibre to society by:

  • Highlighting glass fibre’s specific properties and the various applications through its life cycle;
  • Liaising with European and national institutions ensure evidence based decisions;
  • Demonstrating glass fibre’s contribution to sustainable development, innovation and quality of life;
  • Carrying out detached expert studies and sharing of best practice.

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2016-02-17
Compliance Scheme regarding products of Continuous Filament Glass Fibre (CFGF) used in Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic (GFRP) intended to come into contact with food.

Glass fibre-reinforced plastics (GFRP) are composite materials made of a polymer matrix reinforced with glass fibres. The glass fibres therein are treated with a sizing to hold individual filaments together and to promoteĀ  adhesion to the polymer matrix. Glass fibre-reinforced plastics are covered by Regulation (EU) No 10/2011. Until 31.12.2015, compliance of the sizing was solely based on a risk assessment in accordance with Article 19. This guidance document intends to assist the supply chain actors in determining compliance of sizing formulations with the new requirements of Regulation (EU) No 10/2011.

2015-11-09
POSITION: Continuous Filament Glass Fibre and Human Health

Continuous filament glass fibres (CFGF) produced by GlassFibreEurope member companies have diameters greater than 6 microns. These fibres therefore have filament diameters above the respirable size of 3 microns or less, thus minimising the potential for any chronic pulmonary effects associated with exposure to fibres.

Customers can confirm the diameter of the fibre that they purchase from their supplier. The irritation that can possibly be caused by these fibres is the result of mechanical abrasion, which can be minimised by good industrial hygiene practices.

Manufacturers and their customers should continue to use approved safety and health practices to ensure safe use of our products. Work practices and procedures should be in place to minimise dust generation. Local exhaust ventilation should be used if necessary to minimise and/or keep airborne dust levels below recommended limits. A government approved dust respirator should be used if airborne concentrations exceed regulatory and recommended limits, if irritation occurs, or if the workers choose to do so for personal comfort. Exposure assessments should be conducted, as appropriate, to ensure exposures are within recommended limits.