As it is impractical to sample all workers a statistically based stratified sampling programme has been devised to collect representative data. Selected individuals are monitored, with separate filters for each task, for an entire shift. Work with HTIW has been classified into the following 'functional categories', all of which are sampled at a frequency proportional to the number of workers employed in each job:
|HTIW production||in manufacturing only|
|Finishing||sanding, grinding, sawing, die cutting, milling or routing|
|Installation||fitting, packing, wrapping, cutting, tamping and hardware installation|
|Removal||mould knockout, cleanup/disposal, disassembly, furnace maintenance|
|Assembly operations||encapsulation/lamination, stapling, sewing, cutting, module fabrication, ball milling and dry mixing|
|Mixing/forming||mixing and forming|
|Auxiliary operations||maintenance, handling /shipping, cleanup, supervision, laboratory|
|Other||textile, automotive and other operations not classified elsewhere|
These "CARE Guidance" documents form a comprehensive library of information on safe handling and use of HTIW products. They have been written by industry experts and are designed to give customers of ECFIA members helpful information to put in place effective controls to minimise exposure to airborne fibres. This series of documents will progressively grow as new documents are produced. [Link to CARE Guidance website]
These documents form a comprehensive library of information on safe handling and use of HTIW products.
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The CARE programme is only one aspect of ECFIA´s Product Stewardship Programme.