Agent Name

Mineral wool

Formula

Varies

Major Category

Mineral Dusts

Synonyms

Mineral rock wool; Slag wool;

Category

Synthetic Vitreous Fibers

Sources/Uses

Used for acoustic panels and thermal insulation; [ACGIH]

Comments

Mineral wool, regulated by OSHA as a nuisance dust, frequently causes skin irritation. IARC found a statistically significant mortality excess from lung cancer among rock/slag wool workers in Europe and the United States, but the reviewed studies did not clearly control for cigarette smoking or other occupational exposures. [ACGIH]

Exposure Assessment
Skin Designation (ACGIH)

No

TLV (ACGIH)

1 respirable fiber/cc (slag wool and rock wool)

Adverse Effects
IARC Carcinogen

Possible Carcinogen

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