Chris' Corner: June 2011

Fiberglass- Health Risk? Be aware and be prepared!

 

Donald Hester, a home inspector from Wenatchee, WA, posted this interesting information about Fiberglass and possible related health risks.  If you are going to be working with or in proximity to loose fiberglass, take the proper precautions...

 

Fiberglass- Health Risk?   Wenatchee and Chelan Home Inspections

Fiberglass in Microscope

I found the article below very interesting. Just this week I had a discussion with another Home Inspector and an Asbestos Abatement company about fiberglass. My opinion was that I could see that we will be writing in our Inspection Reports "Home Built Before (insert date) may contain fiberglass" then my recommendation.

Well just today I came across this article from the National Toxicology Program, Department of Health and Human Services

Excerpt from article-

Certain glass wool fibers (inhalable) are reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens based on (1) sufficient evidence of carcinoge­nicity from studies in experimental animals of inhalable glass wool fibers as a class (defined below) and (2) evidence from studies of fi­ber properties which indicates that only certain fibers within this class - specifically, fibers that are biopersistent in the lung or tracheo­bronchial region - are reasonably anticipated to be human carcino­gens.

Read full Article- (Link)

ABC article on other carcinogens (link)

As a former HazMat responder I have felt for a long time, that it was only time before this will be listed. When performing Home Inspections I always wear a respirator when entering area that I suspect to have Fiberglass and other materials that may be harmful to my lungs.

Now this is a preliminary study and they do not have enough evidence in humans but the animal modeling seems to indicate that there is a risk.

I would recommend to anyone in our industry to wear respirators as needed.

 

Fiberglass- Health Risk?   Wenatchee and Chelan Home Inspections

 

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