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Information list on safe usage of the goods made of continuous glass fiber

Date of issue: Date of amendment: Amendment No:

Our products manufactured from continuous glass fiber (Continuous Filament Glass Fibre - CFGF), are articles, for which in accordance to Regulation EC 1907/2006 (REACH)1, presentation of safety data sheets is not required, but JSC «Polotsk-Steklovolokno» using as a guideline Directive 98/24/ЕС2 decided to provide to the customers of their goods the information on their safe usage and processing by means of the given document.


1.1. Identification of the products

Generic product name

Products made of Continuous Filament Glass Fiber (CFGF), in accordance to the terms accepted by European IPPC Bureau3 и World and Health Organization4.

Types of products

Glass yarns, rovings, direct rovings, chopped and cut fiber, silica yarn, chopped and cut silica fiber, glass fabrics, silica fabrics, non-woven materials.

1.2. Use of the product

Recommended uses:

Reinforcement of composite materials, sound, heat and hydro — insulation, electric insulation, weaving

1.3. Company identification


· JSC “Polotsk-Steklovolokno”
Stroitelnaya, 30
211400 Polotsk
Vitebsk Region,
Republic of Belarus

Contact person

· Roman Bliznev
Tel.(Reception room) +375 (214) 41-55-51
Fax (Reception room) +375 (214) 43-17-07

· e-mal:

Only representative in ЕС countries on REACH

· ООО «Oil Logistic & Trading»
Brivibas Gatve 211, Riga
LV-1039, Latvia
Tel: 00 371 67 185 750
Fax: 00 371 67 185 754


In accordance to Directives 67/548/EEC5 and 1999/45/EC6 products made of continuous filament glass fiber in their composition are not classified as «dangerous substance».


Product made of Continuous filament glass fiber products (CFGF) is an article in accordance to Regulation EC № 1907/2006 (REACH)1.

In the process of production of glass fiber special form is given to it — filament, determined by diameter of filament (from 6 µm and more).

Silica fibers and fabrics are made of continuous glass fiber with further chemical treatment for increasing of mass fraction of SiO2 up to =>94%.

In the process of production glass fiber surface and materials from it are treated with:

· Very low quantity of sizings, slashes and finishes which are mixtures of different chemical substances in the amounts from ~0,1 to ~2%;

· Impregnations which are mixtures of different chemical substances in the amount >2%.

The basis of sizings, slashes, finishes and impregnations — multi-component mixtures/chemical substances or polymers in emulsions, suspensions, or their aqueous solutions not requiring the criteria of danger in accordance to Directives 67/548/EEC5and 1999/45/EC6.

The given substances or compounds protect the surface of glass fiber from damage during its further processing and allow to provide necessary technological and operating properties while processing of the goods by downstream users. Being included into the article composition they improve its consumer functions, but do not change its main functions.


During processing/usage of the product formation of dust particles is possible which may lead to mechanical irritation of eye mucosa and respiratory tract of sensitive personnel. Also in case of abrasive influence of dust particles and fibers skin irritation of sensitive personnel is possible (for details see section 11).

Eye contact

In case of penetration of dust into eyes:

· If available, remove immediately contact lens, wash eyes and area around eyes with running water within at least 15 minutes.

· Do not rub and scratch eyes

Immediate medical care is not required, but if eye irritation persists, one should apply for medical assistance.

Skin contact

In case of skin irritation:

· Carefully wash with cold water and soap

· Do not rub and scratch the areas of irritation

Immediate medical care is not required, but if skin irritation persists, one should apply for medical assistance.

Inhalation (respiratory system)

While inhalation of dust and appearance of irritation of upper respiratory tracts go out to open air.
Immediate medical care is not required, but if symptoms persists, one should apply for medical assistance.

Ingestion (digestive tract )

In case of normal usage of the product penetration into digestive tract is unlikely, but in case of accidental swallowing rinse mouth with water and apply for medical assistance.


Products made of continuous glass fiber (CFGF) are not fire-hazardous, are not combustible and do not support combustion.
Only sizing, slash, finish or impregnations evolve harmful for one’s health products at high temperature exposure (t > 400°С): carbon oxides (slight emission), nitric oxides (slight emission).

Suitable extinguishing media:

· water

· dry chemical

· foam

· carbon dioxide (CO2)


Personal precautions

Avoid a contact with eyes and abrasive influence on skin.

Environmental precautions

· In case of damage of packaging continuity and appearance of a possibility of penetration of the products to sewage, as well as into soil, to prevent further penetration if it can be done in a safe manner.

Methods for Clean-up

· To avoid dry clean-up of waste

· The main part of spread-out material to collect and place into a marked container

· For cleaning dust and remaining of spread-out material to use industrial vacuum cleaner.

· After collecting with a vacuum cleaner the place of spilling to flush with water



In case of direct contact with the product use personal protective means (see section 8)
One should prevent and/or minimize the formation of dust


For minimization of possible dust formation before usage the goods should be stored in their package.


The products made of continuous glass are non-respirable4 and not dangerous5 6, however while mechanical processing while usage of the product formation of dust is possible.
Exposure by inhalation of dust of fibers CFGF does not represent specific danger for health, requiring other safety measures than coordinated with professional occupational exposure levels for inert dust. In particular as it is stipulated in recommendations of European commission on the best available technologies used in glass industry2, processing of the goods made of glass fiber while which evolution of particles «dusty processes» is possible, should be conducted with application of appropriate bag filter system, and in case of polishing one should use «polishing under liquid».

Occupational exposure controls

Contents of fiber and dust in air should not exceed the below listed values.

Exposure limit(s)

OSHA 15mg/m3 (total dust), 5mg/m3 (respirable dust)
ACGIH mg/m3 TWA (inhalable fraction), 1fibre/cm3 (respirable fraction)
UK, IRL OEL 5mg/m3 TWA (inhalable dust), 2fibres/cm3 (respirable fraction)

Measures on exposure control

· Use local or general exhaust ventilation for reduction in air of fiber and dust.

· While processing with formation of dust (cutting, mechanical treatment and other «dusty processes») dust collection systems should be used.

· The methods of vacuum or wet cleaning should be used.

Personal protective equipment

Respiratory protection

Suitable mask against dust
If while processing or application of the product dust is formed it is necessary to use a corresponding NIOSH — approved particulate filter respirator.

Eye protection

Standard protection glasses with lateral protective shields

Protection of hands and body

Gloves for protection of hands from abrasive influence if it arises while processing of the goods.
Usage of protective creams

Other protective means

Special cloth covering the body

Hygiene measures

Generally accepted measures of industrial hygiene
Regular cleaning of the equipment, working place and clothes.
For removing of glass fiber from clothes vacuum equipment can be used.
Washing of working clothes before repeated usage should be made separately from other clothes.
While processing of the products not to eat and to drink.



Physical State Solid
Form Material on the basis of continuous glass fiber (CFGF). With nominal diameter of continuous fiber =>6 µm
Odour Absent of practically insensible
Softening point Glass Е >800°C Silica >1200°C
Melting point non applicable
pH non applicable from 2,1 to 2,6 g/cm3

Glass (CAS № 65997-17-3) has constant and amorphous non-organic macromolecular structure, which is practically insoluble and biologically inert.
Glass is considered as chemically inert, the witness of which is provided indulgence and liberation in legislations of ЕС: RoHS Directive 7, Packaging Directive 8 and Landfill Directive 9.


Chemical Stability Stable under normal conditions

Decomposition temperature Decomposition of components of sizing, slashes, finishes and impregnations start at temperature => 200°C

Hazardous decomposition products Sizing, slash or finish and impregnation at high temperature exposure (t > 400°С) evolve carbon oxides (insignificant evolution), nitric oxides (insignificant evolution).

Possibility of Hazardous Reactions Hazardous reactions do not take place


Sharp toxicological influence: not relevant

Local influence:

Particles of dust and fiber, evolving while processing/usage of the goods can lead to mechanical irritation of eyes and respiratory tract.
Also while abrasive effect skin irritation among sensitive personnel is possible.
Irritation disappears after ceasing of exposure.
Mechanical irritation is not considered as dangerous for the health in accordance to European directives on dangerous substances 5 6. Continuous filament glass fibers do not require classification as irritant (Xi) in accordance to European directive 97/69/EC10.

Exposure by inhalation of dust of fiber CFGF does not represent any specific danger for health differing from exposure of any inert dust.

Long-term exposure

At the determination of (WHO) Сontinuous Filament Glass Fibre (CFGF)) is notrespirable 4, as it has a diameter of elementary filament (d) more than 3 µm., and correspondingly does not penetrate far into respiratory tract and that is why can not be the reason of а beginning of a serious lung trouble.

Products made of continuous glass fiber are not classified as carcinogen because:

· They are not staple fibers, «fibers with random orientation»3 and thus they do not fall under determination of the Directive ЕС on dangerous substances5 6.

· Studies of International Agency for Research on Cancer IARC11 do not reveal evidence of carcinogenicity of continuous glass fiber and confirmed belonging of continuous glass fiber irrespective of chemical composition to group 3. (not caused to cancer of people.)


There are no available data confirming that the goods made of continuous glass fiber can be harmful to plants, animals and fish.
In accordance to many years operation products made of continuous glass fiber do not harmfully influence the environment.


Waste of products made of continuous fiber are safe as they meet the requirements of «Criteria for landfills for non — hazardous waste» in the Council Decision 2003/33/EC12and in accordance to Landfill Directive8 in small quantities can be disposed together with garbage.
The code of waste of products from continuous glass fiber in «European waste catalogue»13 — 10 11 03.


The cargo is not dangerous, obligatory marking is not necessary


In accordance to ЕС Directive 67/548/EEC5 and 99/45/EC6, the products made of continuous glass fiber are non hazardous.

National chemicals inventories

Products made of continuous glass fiber are articles and are not found in national chemicals inventories listed below:

· The European Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances: EINECS/ELINCS,

· The US EPA Toxic Substance Control Act: TSCA,

· The Canadian Chemical Registration Regulations: NDSL/DSL,

· The Japanese Chemical Substances Control Law under METI: CSCL,

· The Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances: AICS,

· The Philippine Inventory of Chemicals and Chemical Substances: PICCS,

· The Korean Existing Chemicals List: (K)ECL and

· The Chinese List on New Chemical Substances

Chemical substances from which our continuous glass fiber products are made are entered into National chemicals inventories of those countries in which they are produced on the basis of national legislations regulating the production and selling of chemical substances.


1. Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), establishing a European Chemicals Agency, amending Directive 1999/45/EC and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 793/93 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1488/94 as well as Council Directive 76/769/EEC and Commission Directives 91/155/EEC, 93/67/EEC, 93/105/EC and 2000/21/EC

2.COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 98/24/EC of 7 April 1998 (as supplemented by Directives 2000/39/EC and 2006/15/EC) on the protection of the health and safety of workers from the risks related to chemical agents at work (fourteenth individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16(1) of Directive 89/391/EEC)

3. «Reference Document on Best Available Techniques in the Glass Manufacturing Industry», publications of the European Commission, 2001, and Draft Reference Document from 2008 г.

4. «Environmental health criteria for man-made mineral fibers», publications of the World Health Organization, 1988

5. COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 67/548/EEC of 27 June 1967 on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative provisionsrelating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances.

6. Directive 1999/45/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 May 1999 concerning the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations

7. Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January 2003 on the restriction of the . use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment

8.Directive 1999/31/EC of 26 April 1999 on the landfill of waste

9.Directive 94/62/EC on Packaging & Packaging Waste

10.Commission Directive 97/69/EC of 5 December 1997 adapting to technical progress for the 23rd time Council Directive 67/548/EEC on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances

11.The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in June, 1987, and in October, 2001,

12.COUNCIL DECISION of 19 December 2002 establishing criteria and procedures for the acceptance of waste at landfills pursuant to Article 16 of and Annex II to Directive 1999/31/EC (2003/33/EC)


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