22 November 2010

Generic Handling Advice

High Temperature Insulation Wool (HTIW) products should be limited to professional use in well-organised workplaces. Statutory or other applicable exposure limit values for HTIW dust need to be observed and exposure shall be reduced to as low a level as is technically possible. Please check your local and national regulations and exposure limits before working with HTIW.

Working Habits

All operators should be informed about health and safety aspects related to the use of HTIW, including training in safe handling and proper use of control measures. Training and information should be given before employment and updated as necessary.

Work Clothes

Operators should be provided with clothing specifically for use in their working area. Working clothing should be long-sleeved; tight cuffs or collars should be avoided as they can cause irritation by rubbing fibres into the skin.

Personal protective equipment

If needed, provide appropriate protective equipment and train operators to fit and use it properly.

Organisation of work

Where dust emission cannot be avoided minimise dust exposure. Use processes, operating procedures and products which will limit workers exposure to fibrous dust.

Technical Measures

Handling should be carried out under controlled conditions. Extraction and ventilation should be introduced to prevent dust dispersion.

Housekeeping

Good hygiene practices should be implemented. The housekeeping programme should be planned to include systematic cleaning and should result in a clean and orderly work environment. Cleaning should be carried out with a vacuum cleaner or alternatively by wet sweeping. Avoid dry brushing. Compressed air should not be used.

Waste Disposal

Handle, collect and dispose of scrap with care. Solid waste and scrap should be transferred carefully to suitable impervious containers or bags of adequate strength. They should be sealed and clearly labelled indicating the product name and precautionary statement if necessary and disposed of regularly.