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Safe Handling of Fiberglass Insulation

Woman Installing InsulationBefore you handle fiberglass insulation, there are a few things you‘ll need to know.  If it isn’t properly done it can cause painfully itchy, red skin and it can irritate the respiratory system in some people.  The very small particles of glass and other fibers that fiberglass is made up of, can be breathed in or become lodged in the skin if special care is not taken beforehand.

Before getting started on your project, you’ll need to dress in the proper clothing.  You Man with ceiling insulationshould cover as much of your skin as possible to protect yourself from the tiny fibers that, if embedded in the skin, will cause painful itching and redness that is very hard to stop.  It’s easier to prevent it from happening in the first place, than it is to fix it once it does occur.  You should wear a loose fitting long sleeved shirt, long pants and wear a hat to cover your hair.  After your project is complete, you should rinse off your skin in a cool shower.  The cool shower will help to close your pores while you’re rinsing away the fiberglass particles and keep them from getting lodged in your skin.

You’ll need to get the right safety equipment, which is also known as personal protective equipment, or PPE.  Thick gloves will keep the tiny fibers from getting to your hands.  You should also wear a face mask or a respirator.  Covering your nose and mouth will keep you from breathing in the tiny loose fibers which can then become lodged in the lungs and cause respiratory problems and irritation.  Finally, safety goggles should be worn to protect your eyes.

Man with Insulation When working with fiberglass insulation you need to do what you can to keep the amount of fiberglass dust low.  It is easy for the tiny particles to become airborne and it takes them along time to settle once they are.  You shouldn’t use anything that will cause a breeze or wind like a fan or air powered tools in the area that you’re handling the fiberglass.  Compressed air should also not be used to dust yourself off afterwards for the same reason.

If you have any questions about how to safely handle insulation, call one of the expertly qualified professionals at Carrig and Dancer at (253) 584-7704.  They will be happy to help!  You can learn more about the services that are offered by Carrig and Dancer on their website, here: www.carriganddancerinsulation.com.

 

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