A study showed that there were no increases in risk of onset cancer for users or workers involved in the production of rock wool.
In 2002 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) updated its previous monograph and classification of 1987, which lists the carcinogenic level of various MMMF (Man-Made Mineral Fibers), to reflect the latest research into rock wool. Rock wool is now classified as a Group 3 (not classifiable) material.
Another important safety consideration when handling insulation is dust control. These recommended work practices will help you use our products in a way that minimizes transient itching of the skin.
- Store the material to protect it against damage, including humidity.
- Unpack the material at the application site.
- Cut the insulation on a flat surface. Use a sharp knife with a serrated edge. Don’t use a saw unless you need to cut hard roof boards.
- Open a door or open a window at the application site to ensure good ventilation.
- Organize your workplace in a manner that makes mounting and fixing easy.
- Cover open ventilation ducts to reduce particulate in the ducts.
- In confined spaces with poor ventilation use protective goggles and a dust mask. Wearing gloves and loose fitting, long-sleeved, long-legged work clothes is also advised.
- Keep your workplace clean. Prevent whirling dust. Use a vacuum cleaner, not a broom.
- Don’t rub particulate from your bare skin. Wash it off in cold water. Also, change clothes and wash upon completing your work.