Industry Coalition Continues Successful Program to Better Protect Workers
“OSHA recently renewed its agreement with the High Temperature Insulating Wool (HTIW) Coalition to protect worker safety and health. The coalition represents manufacturers of a broad range of HTIW products that are essential in industrial applications, such as thermal insulation of furnaces and fire protection and prevention purposes. The coalition established its Product Stewardship Program (PSP) 15 years ago to reduce workplace exposures to refractory ceramic fiber (RCF).
The coalition, its member companies, and their customers, strongly emphasize the use of engineering controls and work practices as the primary measures for protecting workers from RCF exposure. Furthermore, the coalition has adopted an RCF exposure limit lower than that required by OSHA. Through its PSP program, the coalition is establishing exposure and medical monitoring, and developing improved workplace controls and practices, and respiratory protection program and training.”
(In picture shown, Tom Galassi, director of OSHA’s enforcement programs (in orange vest), talks to an employee at a module assembly line at the New Carlisle, Pa., fiber manufacturing plant of HTIW Coalition member and PSP participant Unifrax I LLC.)