Evidence - COSHH Reports
THIS REPORT COVERS: FIREPLUG FPG CANISTERS - FIREPLUG
FPB BANDAGES - IFS CABLE PASS THROUGH
This information is provided pursuant to the Health and Safety at
Work ect. Act, Section 6.
Firefly Intumescent 100 series - Type 101 Flexible. Blended ceramic
fibre with intercollated graphite and organic binder (Latex).
No special protective measures are normally required. Millboard
grades are not considered to be a dense material, but care should
be taken not to exceed the safe working loads of lifting gear, hoists,
stacker trucks, racks, shelving or floors.
To avoid damage and distortion, Millboard grades should be stored
under the cover on a smooth, level foundation in a dry environment.
Millboard products are non-combustible and therefore do not burn,
Millboard grades are chemically stable and there is no hazard under
Machining of Millboard grades causes dust. When regular or large
scale machining operations are carried out it is good occupational
hygiene practice to keep all dust to the lowest practicable level.
Dust extraction should be provided on all machines where operations
produce appreciable dust. Ventilation is required to ensure that
the dust does not become airborne and is extracted in a direction
away from the operator.
OF SIGHT AND HEARING
Care should be taken to ensure that eyes are protected against flying
particles. The machining of Ceramic Fibre and Alumina Products may
include processes which are subject to the Protection of Eyes Regulations
Act 1974. Where machining operations cause excessive noise levels,
appropriate precautions should be taken.
If any further processing of Millboard grades involving use of potentially
hazardous chemicals, advice should be obtained from the suppliers
of the chemicals regarding their safe use and handling.
FIREFLY 100 series are grey/black in colour.
AND SAFETY INFORMATION
Man made fibres can cause irritation of the skin and eyes and excessively
dusty conditions may cause irritation to the upper respiratory tract.
Whilst most peoples skin becomes resistant after a period of adaptation,
some need to take precautions to protect their skin and a small
number may have to move to other work. I.A.R.C. (International Agency
for Research in Cancer) classifies glass wool, rock wool, slag wool
and ceramic fibres as 'possible carcinogenic to humans' (Category
Maximum Exposure Limit (MEL) for ceramic fibre is 5 mg/m3. The ECFIA
(European Ceramic Fibre Industry Association) recommended fibre
levels should be kept below 1 fibre/ml.
Technical literature is available, describing the properties and
characteristics of Ceramic Fibre and Alumina Fibre Products. Designers
and users of the material should acquaint themselves with the contents
of this literature. If there is any doubt, further information and
advice should be requested.
Millboard dust should be removed by vacuum at frequent intervals
during work to prevent accumulation of dust. Industrial vacuum cleaners
with special filters and bags must be used. Where vacuuming is not
possible the dust should be dampened and collected whilst still
damp. Such dust should be placed in impermeable, heavy-gauge polythene
sacks or bags which should then be sealed, and disposed of. Such
waste must be disposed of at an authorised tip by arrangement with
the local waste disposal authority, the appropriate (district or
island) council. Off-cuts should be dispose dof in the same manner.
REGULATIONS AND SOURCES OF INFORMATION
Health and Safety Executive Area Office.
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Classification, packaging and Labelling of Dangerous Substances
Regulations 1984. Health and Safety Executive Publications.
EH40 Occupational Exposure Limits.
EH44 Dust in the Work Place: General Principals of Protection.
EH46 Man made Mineral Fibres.
COSHH Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations 1989
plus amendments. The European Ceramic Fibres Industry Association
- Code of Practice - 'Working with Ceramic Fibres'.
The above information refers to raw materials, therefore more relevant
at manufacturing stage, as the end product is enclosed in either
aluminium foil, PVC sheaf or metal canister.
Complete Fire Protection
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St Philips, Bristol BS2 0XW Tel 0117 971 1917 Fax 0117 971 1727