The HTIW Coalition promotes a Product Stewardship Program (PSP) composed of these key elements:
The PSP is designed to assist in the evaluation, control and reduction of workplace exposure to airborne fibers. Program recommendations are intended to help ensure the proper handling, manufacture, storage, use and disposal of HTIW and HTIW products.
The HTIW Coalition has a comprehensive communication program to provide employees and users with up-to-date information on proper handling practices for HTIW-products, health research and exposure guidelines.
Workplace exposure potentials can vary widely, even for similar applications. It is extremely important that users periodically monitor their workers and workplace areas to determine actual fiber exposure levels.
A key element of the PSP is the evaluation of workplace exposure levels, The HTIW Coalition´s industrial hygienists can advise user industries on engineering controls and respiratory protection programs.
Study of Workplace Controls
Over the past several years, The HTIW Coalition has invested considerable effort in the evaluation of effective engineering controls and handling practices in its members' own production facilities to control the levels of airborne fibers. Many of these techniques can also be used economically and effectively in the user industries' workplaces.
Health Effects Research
One of the most important activities of the PSP is the design and sponsorship of health effects research programs. The HTIW Coalition is a major sponsor of several health studies designed to determine the potential long-term health effects of inhalation exposure to HTIW fibrous dust.
The HTIW Coalition members remain dedicated to programs that develop products and systems for the effective reduction of the risk of disease. To date, these development programs have resulted in several new products which have less potential to generate airborne fibers or which have low biopersistence.
Other programs are underway or researched to help ensure the continued proper use of HTIW. The HTIW Coalition´s members remain committed to programs that help ensure the continued proper use of their products.