GlassFibreEurope (GFE) and Tech-Fab Europe (TFE) have called on all actors in the glass fibre value chain to stand united in the fight against illegal trade practises by China.
These industry guidelines have been drafted to support individual companies in the supply chain to establish their company specific manufacturing processes and procedures according good manufacturing practice, but don’t replace the respective requirements set by Commission Regulations.
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 promote 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.
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.
Imposing a definitive countervailing duty on imports of certain filament glass fibre products originating in the People’s Republic of China and amending Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 248/2011 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain continuous filament glass fibre products originating in the People’s Republic of China
Establishing for 2012 the ‘Prodcom list’ of industrial products provided for by Council Regulation (EEC) No 3924/91