Refractory ceramic wool has one major function and that is to insulate high temperature equipment or machinery. These specific equipment or machinery are kilns and/or furnaces. It is composed of man-made silicate fibers that pose some health hazards to humans.
The fine dust particles of refractory ceramic wool have been known to be an allergen to many. The dust particles cause irritation of the exposed skin area resulting in rashes and redness. When inhaled, the ceramic wool particles can cause fibrosis, lung cancer and in rare instances mesothelioma.
How then can this be avoided? Here are some ways to prevent how ceramic wool induce illness in humans.
a. Proper Ventilation. Always allow for good ventilation when using ceramic wool. Oftentimes, the wool is cut and once the particles fly, they remain in the ambient air. The work with ceramic wool should be near a vent or air duct to sweep away as much of the dust particles as possible.
b. Proper Equipment. When working with ceramic wool, it is best to have the proper equipment for safety purposes. These include eye goggles to prevent dust from entering the eyes. A facemask would keep the dust from being inhaled and wearing gloves and long sleeved shirts would prevent the skin to be irritated.
c. Proper Disposal. After working with ceramic wool, the waste products and unused wool need to be properly disposed. Avoid sweeping as it would let the dust particles fly into the ambient air. It is best to use a vacuum cleaner so that all the dust particles would be collected. Proper storage of the unused materials would also help prevent the material from becoming a health hazard.
Ceramic wool has been rated as a possible carcinogenic material. This material, being important in industries that require thermal insulation, needs to be properly handled. Following the simple recommendations provided above can only make use of ceramic wool safe and worry free.