The Refractory Ceramic Fibers Coalition (RCFC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently introduced a voluntary worker protection program entitled PSP 2002. This product stewardship program is a comprehensive, multi-faceted risk management program designed to control and reduce workplace exposures to refractory ceramic fiber (RCF). PSP 2002 has been developed for use wherever RCF is manufactured, fabricated, installed or removed, as well as other occupational settings where workers may be exposed to RCF. The RCFC will report annual progress against this voluntary program to OSHA. Although there are no reporting provisions for non-member companies, all users of RCF will be encouraged to adopt the key elements of PSP 2002. The PSP 2002 program begins immediately. Elements of PSP 2002 include a recommended exposure guideline of 0.5 f/cc (8 hr-TWA), exposure reduction measures, work practice development, worker training, respirator use recommendations, product research, medical surveillance and exposure monitoring. The members of the RCFC include Thermal Ceramics Inc., Unifrax Corp. and Vesuvius USA Corp. (formerly known as Premier Refractories).
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