More accessible products and services for disabled and elderly people 

Human Rights for people

Key products and services, such as smartphones, ATMs, ticketing machines and banking services, will be made more accessible to people with disabilities. The European Accessibility Act (EAA), approved by Parliament with 613 votes to 23, with 36 abstentions on Wednesday, aims to improve the daily lives of disabled and elderly people, also opening the door…

Fire is not the only fear with construction material safety

Mineral Wool

Fire Safe Europe, accompanied by Smurfs characters, were inside the European Parliament this week to launch a campaign with  Vladimir Manka MEP (ASD from Slovakia), writes James Wilson.  The Campaign organisation, which has Rockwool and Knauf among its founders, called for EU election candidates to sign a pledge to work to improve fire safety during the…

The health impact of mineral wool: personal evidence given inside the European Parliament

Cosmin Rata, the CEO of ROTEAM, a Belgium-based roofing company, has spoken inside the European Parliament about the impact of handling mineral wool (or Man-made Vitreous Fibres, MMVF, as the substance is also known) upon his own health, as well as his fears for his workforce of forty people.   Mr Rata, originally from Romania,…

More control for the mineral wool industry needed?

Сontrol for the mineral wool industry

Concern is growing about the environmental and safety aspects of mineral wool products in the construction industry. The product is an efficient insulation material and affordable. But is it safe? Europe appears to be applying weaker quality and testing standards than the USA; is it time to review controls in the light of the increasing…

A Dog’s Life – The Homeless Dogs of Romania

The Homeless Dogs of Romania

At the Brussels premiere of ‘A Dog’s Life – The Homeless Dogs of Romania’ in the European Parliament, viewers were exposed to the shocking conditions that thousands of dogs have to endure behind the closed door of shelters in Romania, writes Martin Banks. The film questions why the Romanian government is not dealing with this…

Managing Dangerous Substances

Managing Dangerous Substances

Official launch of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2018-19: Manage Dangerous Substances European Week for Safety and Health at Work is actively under way this week with seminars, workshops and events across Europe. Organised every year by OSHA, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work,  the focus of the campaign in 2018 is to…

Environmental and health concerns over mineral wool production spread from the US to Europe

Environmental and health concerns over mineral wool production

As protests grow in the United States over the environmental and health impacts of the production of mineral wool, it seems these concerns are also spreading to Europe.The effects of mineral wool production are increasingly under the spotlight, with a Rockwool plant being built in Romania this year, writes James Wilson. Protests have escalated in…