We wanted to entitle this post F YOU TOO FIBERGLASS, though simple statistics tell us the one chosen might attract more readers, which, ostensibly, is the name of the social game. Thanks if you’ve made it this far.
This topic can be quite complex and therefore lengthy. Fortunately, for you, it will not be in this case.
It's quite simple really.
Fiberglass insulation used to require a label denoting it is a carcinogen. The science and the data is there to support grave and dire results during lab tests.
So what’s changed?
Near as we can tell the aspect ratio of the fiber was adjusted along with the conversation concerning bio-persistence versus bio-solubility. This is where it can get more complex. For the layman (us), we’ve deduced the following:
Make the fiber shorter and it wont persist (bio-persistence), instead it will become soluble (bio-solubility). Here’s the problem, we are still talking about shards of glass in your fuking respiratory tract.
Do you want to trust your intuition that being around this crap is not good for you, or the manufacturer’s marketing drivel? And for those of you who think you're safe because it is behind the wall board maybe you can get a discount on some of the older formaldehyde-laden models. If the wall board were there to protect you this clearly would not be a problem, right?
Suggestion: build smarter, build smaller, build better and be proud of a reduced footprint.
It’s up to you folks.
US Department of Health and Human Services (Substance Preferences > Glass Wool Fibers) http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/pubhealth/roc/roc13/index.html#F
For more direct messaging on the challenges with fiberglass check the following: