IARC issues Health Classification for Occupational Exposures during Road Paving
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), based in Lyon, France, issued a statement on 20 October assigning occupational exposures to straight-run bitumens and their emissions during road paving a Group 2B (“possibly carcinogenic to humans”) classification. This Group 2B classification puts road paving in the same category as numerous exposures, including cell phones and coffee.
EAPA, with its colleagues in North America, the National Asphalt Paving Association (NAPA), and in the bitumen industries on both sides of the Atlantic, underwrote a series of studies that were designed and led by IARC over the last ten years or so. None of these studies reported any direct link between bitumens used in road paving and the onset of cancer in the workforce. However, with health and safety being the highest priority for the industry and its employees, EAPA will continue to work with all its stakeholders towards reducing emissions of all sorts, so as to minimise any possible irritation or other impacts from them.
IARC, which brings together international panels of scientists, is based in Lyon, France. Its assessments go to national health agencies for possible guidance. IARC has reviewed more than 900 chemicals and other agents since its founding in 1971. IARC categorizes chemicals, agents, mixtures and exposures.
To put this classification into proper context, it is worth quoting Dr. Jim Melius, PHD, MD, the top occupational physician at the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA): “People working in the asphalt paving industry should not be concerned about this new IARC classification. The two key animal studies on paving asphalt did not show any evidence of cancer risk, and the major IARC cancer study of people working in the paving industry in Europe did not show any increased risk for cancer.”
The Asphalt Paving Industry: A Global Perspective
NAPA and EAPA have published the Second Edition of The Asphalt Paving Industry: A Global Perspective.
This joint publication gives the reader an overview of the world’s asphalt pavement industry. It provides a description of the industry, its scope, and its economic impact. The document includes chemical and physical data about asphalt pavement material, describes asphalt mixing plants and explains how transport and placement of asphalt mixes is accomplished. In addition, it discusses bitumen fume exposure and measures that have been taken to reduce exposure including engineering controls and warm-mix asphalt.
Manifesto of the European Construction Forum launched in the European Parliament
The press release of the event can be found here
If you want to get further information on the manifesto, the ECF in general and EAPA's involvement please go to www.ecf.be
EAPA’s Gulay Malkoc spoke at the NorBit Seminar 2010
In October, a yearly binder seminar was held in Oslo, Norway, organized by the Norwegian Bitumen Association (NorBit). NorBit is a non-profit association, which was established in August 2009 and continues the work of the NaBin, which is no longer active in Norway.
The purpose of NorBit is to spread information and knowledge on bituminous binders through an annual one-day seminar by inviting international lecturers from Europe and USA in combination with other Nordic people.
The NorBit seminar in 2009 focused on moisture susceptibility of asphalt mixes and safety in bitumen storage and handling. However, this year the main topic was Polymer Modified binders (PmB’s).
The seminar was moderated by Roar Telle, who is a member of the Technical Committee of the Norwegian Asphalt and Road Contracting Association (FAV), which is a member of EAPA .
Gulay Malkoc from EAPA was invited to give a presentation on the HSE aspects of PMB's and CRM binders. Gulay also took the opportunity to give a short introduction to EAPA’s activities and presented the upcoming E&E Congress 2012 in Istanbul and invited the participants to attend the congress.
MPA publishes Asphalt Application Documents
The UK EAPA Member MPA published several documents on different asphalt applications.
You can find them under Publications > Member Publication.