Centexbel event: Health and Safety related to Textile

Location: De Montil - Affligem

Healthy and safe textiles are gradually becoming a hot topic. The consumers as well as the authorities expect that textiles offer an added value in the field of safety and health. In this respect, we may think of protection against UV light, the formation of barriers against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. The SARS epidemic has clearly proved that we still have to learn a lot in this domain. For those who want to play along with this trend, health and safety may open new opportunities. Of course, the domain is very complex, but thanks to its continuous efforts, the Belgian and European textile sector are hoping to maintain their market share within a globalizing world trade.
Therefore, Centexbel has organised a seminar in collaboration with Leuven.Inc (Leuven Innovation Networking Circle), a network platform supported by the Catholic University of Leuven. Lecturers from renowned universities and other research centres in Belgium and abroad will disclose subjects entailing opportunities to our industry. At the seminar, the lecturers will explore barrier fabrics in general, the struggle against germs in hospital surroundings, and the possibilities offered by textiles in the treatment of burns. Also the value of the Öko-Tex label in the field of health and safety will be discussed. The recent legislation on biocides (Royal Decree 22/05/2003) will also be considered, because this topic still creates a lot of uncertainty in the textile industry. Finally, textile-related safety on the work-floor and at home will be on the agenda.


08u30 Registration
08u45 Welcome (D) - Dr W. Taverniers, industrial doctor, chairman morning session
09u00 Contactallergie (D) - Prof. A. Goossens, KULeuven
09u30 Biocidewetgeving en recentste stand van zaken (D) - M. Croes, Centexbel
10u00 Risico's voor luchtwegen en longen (D) - Prof. B. Nemery, KULeuven
10u30 Coffee Break
11u00 Textiel en infectiepreventie (D) - Prof. A. Schuermans, KULeuven
11u30 Les données toxicologiques et dermatologiques prises en compte dans le certificat ÖKO-TEX (F) - Dr M. Jarrigeon, IFTH
12u00 Lunch

13u45 Welcome (D) - F. Foubert, Centexbel, chairman afternoon session
14u00 Textile UV-protection (E) - S. Rusmich, BPI Hohenstein
14u30 Ergonomisch ontwerp van zit- en slaapcomfort (D) - B. Haex, KULeuven
15u00 Industrial gloves - selection for the right application (E) - G. Van Duren, Ansell Healthcare
15u30 Coffee break
16u00 Propriétés barrières des textiles aux liquides biologiques et aux particules (F) - M. Gochel, Centexbel
16u30 Drukverbanden voor brandwonden (D) - Dr E. Van Den Kerckhove, KULeuven/UZLeuven

(Language of lecture: D = Dutch, F = French, E = English).

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