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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Asbestos

Man-made mineral fibres (MMMF)

Updated on 21/09/2016

Keywords : Man-made mineral fibres (MMMF), Asbestos, Work, Chemical risks

Man-made vitreous (silicate) fibres, also called man-made mineral fibres (MMMF) are a group of materials that include refractory ceramic fibres (RCF), special-purpose glass fibres, glass wool, rock wool, slag wool and continuous glass filaments. Their insulating properties mean that some of these fibres may replace asbestos in certain applications. Accordingly, questions have arisen as to their potential impact on the health of people exposed to them. In this context, the Agency received a solicited request to specify MMMF applications and assess the resulting exposure of both the general population and that of workers. In response, it produced two reports. 

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