Health, Safety and Environment
Glasswool insulation keeps buildings and homes warm in winter, cool in summer and quiet all year long. It helps cut energy use which saves money and reduces pollution. And, it is environmentally friendly.
Glasswool insulation is made from natural ingredients, notably sand, and at least 30% recycled products. As part of its Health, Safety and Environmental policy, Insulation Refractory South Africa strives to operate according to the highest health, safety and environmental standards.
This includes understanding and communicating information about the health, safety and environmental impact of our products throughout their life cycles.
Over the last 50 years, researchers have extensively studied glasswool and have found that:
- Exposures to glasswool are low today and have been historically low.
- Our workers are healthy. Glasswool fibres have not been associated with disease in our workplace.
- Glasswool fibres disappear quickly. If inhaled, our glass wool insulation fibers disappear from the lung as fast as ordinary dust that is breathed everyday.
Insulation Refractory South Africa will continue to share new information regarding the health effects of its products with scientists, employees, regulators, customers and the public.
MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET
1. PRODUCT AND COMPANY IDENTIFICATION
AEROLITE : CAVITYLITE : FACTORYLITE : ENERGYLITE: SNAP-ON PIPE: SOUNDLITE : FACTORYBOARD : SONIC LINER : DUCTWRAP : DUCTBOARD : ROOFLITE : ECONOLITE :
Glass Fibre Insulation
Fibre Glass wool with thermosetting phenol / formaldehyde resin
3. HAZARD IDENTIFICTION
Temporary mechanical irritation and itching on skin and eye contact. Temporary irritation of upper airways
Ingestion : None
Inhalation, lungs, skin and eyes
Eye effect: eyes: Rinse eye with clean tepid water for 10 minutes or until irritation ceases
Health effects – skin:
Wash gently with lukewarm water and soap.
Health effects – ingestion
Health effects – inhalation
4. FIRST AID MEASURES
Product in eye:
Flush eyes with clean tepid water for 10 minutes or until irritation ceases.
Product on skin:
Wash gently with lukewarm water and soap
5. FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES
Water, foam, carbon dioxide, dry powder.
None. Primary combustion products are carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and water.
Fire fighters entering an area where fibrous glass is present, must wear full protective gear, including eye and respiratory protection.
6. ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES
This material will settle out of air. If concentrated on land, it can be scooped up for disposal as non hazardous waste.
Isolate area. Keep unnecessary personnel away.
This material will sink and disperse along the bottom of waterways and ponds. It cannot easily be removed after it is waterborne, however the material is non hazardous in water.
Use a vacuum cleaners
Spray with water to suppress dust. Collect wet material with shovels or front-end loader.
7. HANDLING AND STORAGE
Handling / storage precautions
Store and handle in a manner that prevents spread of airborne fibrous glass dust in the workplace.
No special procedures
8. EXPOSURE CONTROLS / PERSONAL PROTECTION Occupational exposure limits
Recommended limited 2 fibres/ml air
Engineering control measures
Local exhaust ventilation with hood : or process enclosure to contain dust.
Personal protection – respiratory
FF1 Type respiratory protection mask
Personal protection – hand
Personal protection – eye
Wear safety glasses, goggles when working at or above shoulder height
Personal protection – skin
Normal work clothing is recommended. Use gloves. Skin irritation is known to occur chiefly at the pressure points such as around the neck, wrists, waist and between the fingers.
9. PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES
|Appearance||Fibrous insulation wool in rolls or batts|
|PH||6 – 9|
|Boiling point||Not applicable|
|Melting point||Becomes increasingly fluid from 800°C upwards|
|Explosive properties||None Known|
|Solubility (H20||Insoluble in water and chemical solvents|
|Freezing Point||Not applicable|
10. STABILITY AND REACTIVITY
Conditions to avoid
Product is stable
Hazardous decomposition products11. TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION
Skin and eye contact
Skin, eye and upper airway contact : Transient irritation
Not described in man
Chronic Study in Animals
12. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION
Aquatic toxicity – fish
Aquatic toxicity – daphnia
Aquatic – algae
Biodegradability – Dissolves slowly in physiological solutions : otherwise persistent
No known adverse environmental effects
13. DISPOSAL CONSIDERATION
Dispose of waste material in non toxic waste landfill. Handle so as to limit dust generation
Disposal of packaging
14. TRANSPORT INFORMATION
Substance identity no.
ADR / RID class
ADR / RID item no.
ADR / RID hazard identity no
IMDG Shipping name
IMDG Packaging group
IMDG Marine pollutant
IMDG EMS no.
IMDG MFAG Table no.
IATA Shipping name
IATA Subsidiary risk (s)
UK emergency action class
Transport in closed packaging or container to limit escape of fibrous dust
15. REGULATORY INFORMATION
EEC Hazard classification
South African Legislation : Occupational Health and Safety Act 85/1993. Hazardous Chemical Substances Regulations – recommended occupational exposure limit 2 fibre / ml air
16. OTHER INFORMATION
Aerolite DOES NOT contain asbestos, is bio-soluble and poses NO health hazards. Aerolite has a class 1 fire rating from the SABS, Aerolite can NOT burn.
Fibrous glass insulation is safe when handled correctly
Reasonable care has been taken in the preparation of this information, but the manufacturer makes no warranty of merchantability or any other warranty, expressed or implied, with respect to this information. The manufacturer makes no representations and assumes no liability for any direct, incidental or consequential damages resulting form its use.