Product Stewardship Program & OSHA Documentation

In 2002, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) endorsed a five-year voluntary product stewardship program called PSP 2002. On May 23, 2007, HTIW Coalition's predecessor, RCFC, and its member companies renewed this voluntary product stewardship agreement with OSHA. On April 16, 2012, this agreement was again renewed with PSP 2012, another five year program. A new agreement was signed on October 24, 2017.

This new five-year program, called PSP 2017, continues and builds upon the earlier programs by updating and streamlining the process. The HTIW Coalition PSP is a highly acclaimed, multi-faceted strategic risk management initiative designed specifically to reduce workplace exposures to refractory ceramic fiber (RCF). PSP 2017 was developed for use wherever RCF is manufactured, fabricated, installed, or removed as well as in other occupational settings where workers have potential exposure to airborne RCF. HTIW Coalition will continue to report its progress on the implementation of PSP 2017 to OSHA annually. Although there are no reporting provisions for non-HTIW Coalition member companies, all RCF users are encouraged to adopt the key elements of PSP 2017..

The provisions of PSP 2017 are consistent with the 2006 NIOSH Criteria Document for RCF in that OSHA endorses the 0.5 fibers per cubic centimeter NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limit (REL), which is the same as the HTIW Coalition Recommended Exposure Guideline (REG).

OSHA has made a special point to commend HTIW Coalition for its attention to the safety and health of workers who use RCF. In a 2017 letter to HTIW Coalition, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt said: "We commend the HTIW Coalition and its member companies for this program to protect workers involved in manufacturing, forming, installing and removing products containing RCF. Workers in all segments of the industry can benefit from HTIW Coalition's commitment to product stewardship and safe use of RCF products. . . It is with . . . optimism and gratitude for your efforts that OSHA reaffirms its support for this ambitious worker protection effort."

HTIW Coalition has long believed that product stewardship for RCF is the most responsible risk management strategy that the industry could initiate. With this agreement, OSHA formally supports these worker protection efforts and helps to continue the tradition of cooperative agreements between industry and the regulatory community.

PSP stewardship
Shown seated from left to right: Kristie Schussler, HarbisonWalker International, Product Safety Specialist; Dell Hadden, President, HTIW Coalition, Morgan Thermal Ceramics, Global Sales Director; Loren Sweatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health; Dean Venturin, Vice President, HTIW Coalition, Director Risk Management and Regulatory Affairs, Unifrax LLC; Dámaso Ortiz, Nutec, Vice President, Operations


PSP 2017 Documentation


10/24/2017 - PSP 2017 (pdf)

10/24/2017 - Letter from OSHA to HTIW Coalition

10/24/2017 - Letter from HTIW Coalition to OSHA

10/20/2015 - Letter from OSHA to Unifrax (pdf)

5/13/2015 - PSP Compliance Principles (pdf)

8/19/2014 - Letter to Deputy Director, Enforcement Program U.S. Department of Labor (pdf)

8/19/2014 - Memo from Everest Consulting Associates, Inc. concerning use of N95 respirators (pdf)

6/19/2014 - Letter from Deputy Director, Enforcement Program U.S. Department of Labor (pdf)

7/1/2014 - Letter to Deputy Director, Enforcement Program U.S. Department of Labor (pdf)

7/31/2012 - Letter from OSHA to the President of HTIW Coalition (pdf)

6/21/2012 - HTIW Coalition letter to OSHA (pdf)

4/16/2012 - PSP 2012 (pdf)

5/23/2007 - RCFC Letter to Assistant Secretary of Labor, OSHA (pdf)

5/23/2007 - Letter from Assistant Secretary of Labor, OSHA, to the President of RCFC (pdf)

10/4/2006 - Letter from RCFC to Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health (pdf)

9/1/2006 - Letter from OSHA to the President of RCFC (pdf)

8/3/2004 - Letter from OSHA to the President of RCFC (pdf)

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