Fiberglass- Health Risk? Wenatchee and Chelan Home Inspections

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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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Lloyd,

Thank you. There are many risks. But it is based on how much exposure we have to that risk. Fiberglass is all around us in our homes.  So we have an increased risk from it. I use respiratory protection when I am in the attics and crawlspaces because I know I will have repeated exposure there.

We all take risks in our everyday life. So it's just which ones you want to take.

June 12, 2011 11:16 PM
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Good Morning Donald, an excellent warning for home owners.  Both good ventilation and a good respirator are or should be required.

June 13, 2011 08:58 AM
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Dan,

Thank you. I always wear respiratory protection but that is a habit I developed a long time ago.

The worst thing about all this is that fiberglass is not the better product as an insulator. It just the most widely used.

June 13, 2011 09:07 AM
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Uh, guys the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) changed its classification of fibreglass in November 2001:

 

  • Fibreglass is now not classifiable as carcinogenic to humans and is no longer considered “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.

 

The reasons for the change are:

 

  • Studies of occupational exposure during manufacture of fiberglass show no evidence of increased risk of cancer; and
  • There is an increased use of “biosoluble” fiberglass, which has been tested and found to be non-carcinogenic.

From here: http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs/vol81/index.php

 

November 24, 2011 11:03 PM
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Nate,

This is the latest study from 2011. So what you have stated may not be the latest information. Many in the world of immunology suspected this already.

 

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