2.0102.1 Insulation Worker Safety

Topic: 
Safe Work Practices
Subtopic: 
Insulation
Desired Outcome: 
Work is completed safely without injury or hazardous exposure
TitleSpecification(s)Objective(s)
2.0102.1a
Worker safety

Worker safety specifications will be followed in accordance with SWS 2.0100 Global Worker Safety

Prevent injury

Minimize exposure to health and safety hazards

2.0102.1b
Asbestos containing materials ( ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material )

OSHA OSHA U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov asbestos abatement protocol 29 CFR 1926.1101 will be followed if vermiculite insulation is present

Assess potential asbestos hazard; if unsure whether material contains asbestos, contact a qualified asbestos professional to assess the material, and to sample and test as needed

If suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material is in good condition, do not disturb

If suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material is damaged (e.g., unraveling, frayed, breaking apart), immediately isolate the area(s)

For suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material that is damaged or that must be disturbed as part of the retrofit activity, contact an asbestos professional for abatement or repair, in accordance with federal, state, and local requirements; only a licensed or trained professional may abate, repair, or remove ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material

When working around ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material , do not:

  • Dust, sweep, or vacuum ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material debris
  • Saw, sand, scrape, or drill holes in the material
  • Use abrasive pads or brushes to strip materials

Asbestos abatement or repair work should be completed prior to blower door testing; exercise appropriate caution when conducting blower door testing where friable asbestos or vermiculite attic insulation is present to avoid drawing asbestos fibers into the living space (i.e., use positively pressurized blower door testing) unless the material has been tested and found not to contain asbestos

Protect workers and occupants from potential asbestos hazards

2.0102.1c
Materials

All materials will be handled in accordance with manufacturer specifications or material safety data sheets ( MSDS MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet ) standards

Eliminate hazards associated with incorrect, defective, or improperly used or installed materials

2.0102.1d
Lead paint assessment

Presence of lead based paint in pre-1978 homes will be assumed unless testing confirms otherwise

The Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov ) Renovation, Repair, and Painting ( RRP RRP Renovation, repair, and painting ) Program Rule (40 CFR Part 745) in pre-1978 homes and proposed changes to this rule (Federal Register/Vol. 75, No. 87/May 6, 2010) will be complied with, to be superseded by any subsequent final rule making or any more stringent state or federal standards

Protect worker and occupant from potential lead hazards

TitleSpecification(s)Objective(s)
2.0102.1a
Worker safety

Worker safety specifications will be followed in accordance with SWS 2.0100 Global Worker Safety

Prevent injury

Minimize exposure to health and safety hazards

2.0102.1b
Asbestos containing materials ( ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material )

OSHA OSHA U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov asbestos abatement protocol 29 CFR 1926.1101 will be followed if vermiculite insulation is present

Assess potential asbestos hazard; if unsure whether material contains asbestos, contact a qualified asbestos professional to assess the material, and to sample and test as needed

If suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material is in good condition, do not disturb

If suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material is damaged (e.g., unraveling, frayed, breaking apart), immediately isolate the area(s)

For suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material that is damaged or that must be disturbed as part of the retrofit activity, contact an asbestos professional for abatement or repair, in accordance with federal, state, and local requirements; only a licensed or trained professional may abate, repair, or remove ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material

When working around ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material , do not:

  • Dust, sweep, or vacuum ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material debris
  • Saw, sand, scrape, or drill holes in the material
  • Use abrasive pads or brushes to strip materials

Asbestos abatement or repair work should be completed prior to blower door testing; exercise appropriate caution when conducting blower door testing where friable asbestos or vermiculite attic insulation is present to avoid drawing asbestos fibers into the living space (i.e., use positively pressurized blower door testing) unless the material has been tested and found not to contain asbestos

Protect workers and occupants from potential asbestos hazards

2.0102.1c
Materials

All materials will be handled in accordance with manufacturer specifications or material safety data sheets ( MSDS MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet ) standards

Eliminate hazards associated with incorrect, defective, or improperly used or installed materials

2.0102.1d
Lead paint assessment

Presence of lead based paint in pre-1978 homes will be assumed unless testing confirms otherwise

The Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov ) Renovation, Repair, and Painting ( RRP RRP Renovation, repair, and painting ) Program Rule (40 CFR Part 745) in pre-1978 homes and proposed changes to this rule (Federal Register/Vol. 75, No. 87/May 6, 2010) will be complied with, to be superseded by any subsequent final rule making or any more stringent state or federal standards

Protect worker and occupant from potential lead hazards

TitleSpecification(s)Objective(s)
2.0102.1a
Worker safety

Worker safety specifications will be followed in accordance with SWS 2.0100 Global Worker Safety

Prevent injury

Minimize exposure to health and safety hazards

2.0102.1b
Asbestos containing materials ( ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material )

OSHA OSHA U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov asbestos abatement protocol 29 CFR 1926.1101 will be followed if vermiculite insulation is present

Assess potential asbestos hazard; if unsure whether material contains asbestos, contact a qualified asbestos professional to assess the material, and to sample and test as needed

If suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material is in good condition, do not disturb

If suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material is damaged (e.g., unraveling, frayed, breaking apart), immediately isolate the area(s)

For suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material that is damaged or that must be disturbed as part of the retrofit activity, contact an asbestos professional for abatement or repair, in accordance with federal, state, and local requirements; only a licensed or trained professional may abate, repair, or remove ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material

When working around ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material , do not:

  • Dust, sweep, or vacuum ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material debris
  • Saw, sand, scrape, or drill holes in the material
  • Use abrasive pads or brushes to strip materials

Asbestos abatement or repair work should be completed prior to blower door testing; exercise appropriate caution when conducting blower door testing where friable asbestos or vermiculite attic insulation is present to avoid drawing asbestos fibers into the living space (i.e., use positively pressurized blower door testing) unless the material has been tested and found not to contain asbestos

Protect workers and occupants from potential asbestos hazards

2.0102.1c
Materials

All materials will be handled in accordance with manufacturer specifications or material safety data sheets ( MSDS MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet ) standards

Eliminate hazards associated with incorrect, defective, or improperly used or installed materials

2.0102.1d
Lead paint assessment

Presence of lead based paint in pre-1978 homes will be assumed unless testing confirms otherwise

The Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov ) Renovation, Repair, and Painting ( RRP RRP Renovation, repair, and painting ) Program Rule (40 CFR Part 745) in pre-1978 homes and proposed changes to this rule (Federal Register/Vol. 75, No. 87/May 6, 2010) will be complied with, to be superseded by any subsequent final rule making or any more stringent state or federal standards

Protect worker and occupant from potential lead hazards