NEPSI

The European Network for Silica (NEPSI) is formed by the Employee and Employer European sectoral associations which signed the Social Dialogue "Agreement on Workers' Health Protection Through the Good Handling and Use of Crystalline Silica and Products Containing it" on 25 April 2006.  These associations represent 15 industry sectors i.e. more than 2 million employees and a business exceeding € 250 billion.

The 17 initial signatory organisations represent the aggregates, cement, ceramics, foundry, glass fibre, special glass, container glass, flat glass, industrial minerals, mineral wool, natural stones, mining, mortar and pre-cast concrete sectors. The Agreement has recently welcomed the expanded clay sector and represents to date 18 European industry sectors. It remains open for further signatures. The Signatory European Industry Sector Associations are:

  • APFE: European Glass Fibre Producers Association
  • BIBM: International Bureau for Precast Concrete
  • CAEF: The European Foundry Association
  • CEEMET: Council of European Employers of the Metal, Engineering and Technology-Based Industries
  • CEMBUREAU: The European Cement Association
  • CERAME-UNIE: The European Ceramics Industries
  • EMO: European Mortar Industry Organization
  • EUROMINES: European Association of Mining Industries
  • EUROROC: European and International Federation of Natural Stones Industries
  • ESGA: European Special Glass Association
  • EURIMA: European Insulation Manufacturers Association
  • EXCA: European Expanded Clay Association
  • FEVE: European Container Glass Federation
  • GEPVP: European Association of Flat Glass Manufacturers
  • IMA-Europe: European Industrial Minerals Association
  • UEPG: European Aggregates Association

The NEPSI industry sector organisations and their counterpart trade union federations negotiated a multisectoral social dialogue Agreement between 1 September 2005 and 2 February 2006. The European Commission supported the project, qualifying it as innovative: indeed, where European social dialogue agreements are usually sectoral or cross-industrial, this one is the first of its kind.

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