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Another area of Customer Service I feel the need to address is the Health and Safety issues of certain industrial products installed in your home or business.

Ever since the discovery of Asbestos fibers being carcinogenic to humans, major concerns about other insulating materials have been scrutinized throughout the industry.

Extensive research performed by IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) has recently concluded that MAN-MADE VITREOUS FIBRES, which consists of FIBER GLASS, ROCK AND SLAG WOOL FIBERS, are a carcinogen risk free product and has been downgraded from a Group 2B classification ("possibly carcinogenic to humans") to a Group 3 classification ("not classifiable as to carcinogenicity to humans").

Inclusion of this information on our site is due to our use of a CertainTeed brand insulating duct board product in fabricating the ducting for your heat and air handling systems. Their product MSDS's (Material Safety Data Sheets) can be found HERE . The following posted letter from CertainTeed brings this information to a current status.

We, here at Taylor's, value our customers and their concerns and strive to fulfill their needs.


Taylor's HVACR
1180 Rabbit Hill Rd.
Church Hill, Md 21623

(410) 758-0551 OFFICE
(410) 758-3412 FAX

HVACR # 8824
MHIC # 41786

Letter from CertainTeed:

October 26, 2001

Dear IG Employee:

Earlier this month, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) convened a scientific working group of the world's leading experts on the health and safety of man-made vitreous fibers, including glass fibers, to re-evaluate these fibers as to their potential carcinogenic hazard. These fibers originally were evaluated by IARC fifteen years ago.

Following a thorough review of all of the medical-scientific data available, I am happy to tell you that, at IARC's October 2001 meeting, the scientific panel lowered the classification for glass wool insulation fibers from a Group 2B classification ("possibly carcinogenic to humans") to a Group 3 classification ("not classifiable as to carcinogenicity to humans"). IARC said that there is "no evidence of increased risks of lung cancer or of mesothelioma...from occupational exposures during the manufacture of these materials, and inadequate evidence overall of any cancer risk."

Attached for your information is a copy of a statement prepared by our industry trade association, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), along with a copy of the press release issued by IARC, communicating the results of the meeting. IARC will publish a detailed report of the meeting within six to nine months.

CertainTeed and the insulation industry have invested tens of millions of dollars in medical-scientific research to confirm our confidence in the safety of our products. The IARC panel's conclusion further validates our belief that our fiber glass insulation products are safe to manufacture and use when recommended work practices are followed.

Our Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are being updated to reflect this new information. The warning on our packaging will remain until the National Toxicology Program of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reviews this new information.

Jorma Toivonen
Insulation Group

NAIMA and IARC web sites include some very interesting articles and current information, concerning carcinogenic research, in the area of commercial and residential insulating products. Their sites and articles, as well as the previously mentioned information statements and reports, noted in the above letter, can be found by accessing the links below.


IARC Removes Glass, Rock And Slag Wool Fibers From Its List Of Possible Carcinogens




Health and Safety Facts for Fiber Glass

Health and Safety Facts for Rock and Slag Wool

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