OSHA Regulations for Fiberglass: What You Need to Know

When it comes to hazardous materials, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires manufacturers and importers to provide employers and employees with information on the use of their products. This is especially true for fibrous glass, as many people are concerned about the potential health risks associated with handling it. To answer this question, scientists have conducted over 400 studies on fiberglass, and the results have been clear: its properties are very different from those of asbestos, and it is not a carcinogen. In 1991, OSHA confirmed this finding by regulating fiberglass as an annoying dust.

However, the state of California still requires that fiberglass be labeled as a possible carcinogen. It's important to note that while fiberglass is not a carcinogen, it can still be hazardous to your health. Inhaling large amounts of fiberglass dust can cause irritation in the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. It can also cause skin irritation if you come into contact with it. To protect yourself from these risks, OSHA recommends that employers provide their employees with protective equipment such as respirators and protective clothing when working with fiberglass. In addition to providing protective equipment, employers should also ensure that their work areas are well-ventilated and free of dust.

They should also provide regular training on the proper handling of fiberglass and other hazardous materials. Finally, employers should keep records of any incidents involving fiberglass exposure and take appropriate action if necessary.

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