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Glass Wool

Glass Wool

Glass wool, a synthetic mineral fiber, has found its way into domestic, commercial, and industrial buildings as a thermal and acoustic insulation product. Used in acoustic ceiling tiles, ducting for ventilation and air conditioning, and pipe insulation, public health questions pertaining to its suitability have raised red flags about potential cancer risks. Fine, airborne fibers may lodge in lung tissues and, like asbestos, may be responsible for deadly forms of lung cancer. Additionally, other respiratory symptoms such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, sore throat, hoarseness, coughing, and labored breathing are associated with exposure to glass wool without proper protective gear.

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