Occupational exposure to glass wool fibers: An update

Gary Marchant, Robert Connelly, Angus Crane, William Fayerweather, Edward Puhala, Kelly Sandin

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Abstract

In the decade since the last published comprehensive report of occupational exposures in the glass wool insulation industry, many process and regulatory changes have occurred in the glass wool manufacturing sector. This paper assesses whether any significant changes in worker exposures to glass wool fibers have resulted from these process and regulatory changes. The analysis compares worker exposures to glass wool overall and across different product and job categories in the manufacturing sector prior to and after 2007, the data cutoff period for the last comprehensive update of occupational exposures in this industry. The exposure data were downloaded from the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association’s synthetic vitreous fiber (SVF) exposure database, which has been continually updated with all new available SVF exposure data for the past two decades. This analysis finds no major changes in worker exposures in the glass wool manufacturing industry over the past decade, with exposures remaining well below the 1 f/cc voluntary permissible exposure limit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-221
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental hygiene
Volume18
Issue number4-5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Exposure database
  • fiber glass
  • glass wool
  • insulation
  • occupational exposure
  • synthetic vitreous fibers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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