FACTS II is a project financed by the European Union Commission aimed to help address many serious critical problems that Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Turkey have in the woodworking and furniture sectors.
It is the evident continuation of the FACTS I project completed. Furthermore, it aims to accomplish helping and counseling the furniture manufacturers on how to achieve the full familiarization and total compliance of the EU acquis communitaire.
1. Provide technical assistance to the furniture and wood sectors for aiding with the compliance with the EU «acquis»
2. Perform audits to inform about the EU «acquis» and efforts that can be made for its compliance.
3. Aid training business representative organizations (BROs) and SMEs towards sustainable development.
4. Promote the co-operation between the EU and target companies to accelerate compliance with the EU «acquis».
5. Enhance cooperation and networking among BROs.
6. Strengthening BROs to have self sustainable specific objectives.
7. Give a better image of the woodworking and furniture sectors with authorities and consumers.
What has changed in FACTS II:
~ The addition of REACH, Registration, Evaluation and authorization of Chemicals legislation Directive 2006/121/EC.
~ Updated directive 90/394/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogenic at work (wood dust) to the new Council Directive on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work 2004/37/EC.
~ The addition of almost 40 individual machinery safety guidelines for every type of machine used in woodworking and furniture sectors which includes the general principles to observe, risk factors and protective equipment for the following machines:
- Timber trimmer
- Band Saw
- Miter Machine
- Radial/Drilling Machine
- Edge bander
- Blade Sewer
- Gluing machine
- Pin Router
- Molding machine
- Finishing Cabins
- Vacuum tables
- Multi hole driller
- Copy lathe
- Drill/ Ectric Drill
- Peeler (chariot)
- Circular saw
- Fork lift truck
- Multi saw
- Machine to sharpen plates/wood
- Manual tools
- High Frequency Press
- Molding Press
- Double Miter Machine