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EPF launched its new ‘Fire & Explosion Safety Task Force’

#Safety

On 19th March, EPF proudly launched its new Fire & Explosion Safety Task Force. Its objective is to share the learnings from incidents and near-misses between participants, to provide an ever-safer workplace environment in the European #woodbasedpanels industry.

15 leading safety professionals from 8 countries met in Brussels to focus on 3 case studies from Poland, Germany and Belgium. This was followed by an educational particleboard factory visit, with special focus on safety.

 

Key topics for EPF’s new Fire &Explosion Safety Task Force are likely to include spark prevention, dust removal and incident suppression. Case study learnings will lead to proactive preventative measures. Next meeting will be 22 October in Portugal.

EPF present at the MEP Awards 2019

#MEPAwards19

2019’s ceremony of the Parliament Magazine’s MEP Awards was hosted on 20 March by Seb Dance, Member of the European Parliament. EPF presented the Energy Award to MEP Vladimir Urutchev. EPF thanked MEPs for the support given last year on #REDII to a level playing field for wood, a truly #sustainable and #renewable (but not unlimited) resource.

The European Panel Federation (Clive Pinnington, Managing Director & Kris Wijnendaele, Technical Director) enjoyed talking with the nominees of the Environment Award, MEP Catherine Bearder, MEP Mark Demesmaeker, and eventual winner, MEP Benedek Jávor, on dinner tables made of #woodbasedpanels, showcasing natural products favourable to the environment.

EPF thanks Dods for organising last night’s excellent event. EPF thanks all MEPs for their hard work in the current term and wishes everyone well in the upcoming elections. EPF looks forward to working with the new Parliament towards a #climateneutral Europe.

Congratulations to all MEPs for your dedication this term, good luck in your re-election campaigns (and don’t forget to fill your homes and offices with wood-based panels as a direct contribution to a climate neutral Europe!)

 

2nd Seminar Perspectives and Challenges of the Woodworking Industries in Europe Joint CEI-Bois / EFBWW / EPF Project

The 2nd Seminar of the Joint European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois)/ European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW)/ European Wood-based Panels Federation (EPF) European-funded project “Perspectives and challenges of the Woodworking Industries in Europe” took place on the 30 of November 2018 in Lisbon.

Click here for full Press Release
For more info: www.pcwie.com

European wood-based panels industry signs landmark voluntary agreement with trade unions to enhance worker protection

Mr Justin Daerden, Director ACV, and Mr Kris Wijnendaele, Technical Director EPF, sign the Action Guide on behalf of EFBWW and EPF respectively.

Voluntary Agreement with Trade Unions_Joint

Action Guide on Formaldehyde signed on 28 Nov 2018 in Lisbon

EPF, the European Wood-based Panels Federation and EFBWW, the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers, have signed a landmark agreement on enhanced worker protection known as the European Action Guide.  The two partners signed the accord within the context of the European Commission’s “Perspectives and Challenges of the Woodworking Industries in Europe” social dialogue project, on 29 November 2018.  The industry trade association and the industry trade union both welcomed this voluntary commitment that ushers in a new level of safety in the workplace, estimated to be introduced up to five years ahead of any possible legislative requirement.

 

The Action Guide commits the European panel manufacturers to a measurement, control and continuous improvement process that is designed to ensure that worker exposure to formaldehyde is never threatening.  Based on the Operation Exposure Limit value that the EU Scientific Committee has recommended (0.3ppm TWA, 0.6ppm STEL) the initiative improves protection via a colour coded zoning system.  It was approved by EFBWW in mid-November and by EPF members last week ahead of the joint signing in Lisbon.

EPF Press Conference Interzum – 21 May 2019


On the occasion of the Interzum Fair, EPF will give a Press conference during which EPF Chairman Dr Paolo Fantoni will present the recent statistics about the situation of Particleboard, MDF, OSB, Fibreboard and Plywood markets in Europe. After his presentation, Dr Fantoni will answer your questions.

The EPF Press Conference will take place on 21 May 2019 at 2 pm at the:

Congress-Centre North
2nd floor
Rheinsaal Section 5

 

EPF welcomes the European Commission’s Guidance on Cascading Use of Biomass

The European Wood-Based Panels Federation (EPF) congratulates the European Commission on its new Guidance on Cascading Use of Biomass launched yesterday at Raw Materials Week in Brussels.
The guidance is part of the Circular Economy Plan, and includes actions that seek to “close the lifecycle loop of products and materials by keeping their value in the economy as long as possible…” EPF shares this vision that is embodied in wood-based panels.
In particular, EPF embraces the section that highlights the value of wood-based panels to cascading, and thus to the Circular Economy: “The manufacture of wood-based panels epitomises the cascade principles in that low-value wood and wood waste are converted into new materials and products, themselves reducing waste and adding value as they pass through downstream processors. Bringing panels into mainstream construction and furniture has transformed both how major building components are constructed and brought affordable furniture to the global mass market. These benefits have been delivered whilst reducing waste and reducing cost”.
In her opening address, Mrs Lowri Evans, Director General of DG Grow urged producers to increase efficiency whilst reducing emissions in order for Europe to remain competitive until 2050 and beyond. EPF’s members proudly submit Particleboard, MDF, OSB, Plywood, Hardboard and Softboard as active examples of this due to their natural carbon storage properties as well as their integral role in the cascading concept, and thus the Circular Economy.
For further information, please contact us at info@europanels.org.

About EPF
EPF – the European Panel Federation has members in 25 countries and represents the manufacturersnof particleboard, MDF, OSB, hardboard, softboard and plywood. The EU wood panel industry has an annual turnover of about 22 billion Euros, creates over 100,000 jobs directly and counts more than
5,000 enterprises in Europe.

EPF seeks MEP support for European harmonisation and celebrates the recognition of wood and wood-based products in the new EU Bioeconomy Strategy

The European Panel Federation (EPF), the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) and the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois), organised the 7th Club du Bois meeting under the chairwomanship of Mrs Maria Noichl, MEP, on 17th October at the European Parliament in Brussels.

This edition focussed on the European woodworking industry and its threats & opportunities.