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Insulation Work

Courtesy of Thinkstock  #156416993 PPE  is an important prevention method for employee protection.

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PPE is an important prevention method for employee protection.

Workers who do insulation work can be exposed to a confined space hazard when working in crawl spaces.

Weatherizing, insulating and sealing are an important part of the construction industry process. Workers who do this type of work will use various types of applications, such as blow-in, spray-on or manual installation. Also, there are those workers who remove old insulation to apply new insulation. Work like this can expose workers to hazards such as the following:

  • Asbestos.
  • Confined space (crawl spaces, spaces not meant for human occupancy).
  • Electricity.
  • Falls.
  • Flammable materials.
  • Inhaling or skin/eye contact with toxic chemicals.
  • Rodents, insects, and other vermin.
  • Sprains and strains.

Hazards like these can cause serious injuries and in some cases death.

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing or unforeseen safety and health hazards, and provide resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written safety and health accident prevention program (APP).

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