Have you ever heard about GRP and GFRP? Or Do you know about Fiberglass and its associated hazards and how to tackle Fiberglass triggered skin injuries? If you want to answer these questions, let us get started by looking over the following paragraphs to understand the topic.
What Is Fiberglass?
Fiberglass is a synthetic plastic in fiber-reinforced plastic; it is also known as glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) or glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP). Fiberglass is also termed as human-made vitreous fibers, which are a sub-group of human-made mineral fibers.
Fiberglass can be molded into various shapes and forms due to its characteristic properties, and nowadays, it is widely used for building purposes, roofing, piping, and have other applications. (1)
What Fiberglass can Do To the Skin?
You cannot even think that what Fiberglass can do to your skin and other organs if not treated within time and with due care.
However, symptoms typically depend upon the source, type, and area of exposure.
- SKIN RELATED HAZARDS
- CONTACT DERMATITIS
- BASAL CELL CARCINOMA
- OTHER HAZARDS
- EYE IRRITATION AND REDNESS
- NOSE IRRITATION AND SNEEZING
- SORE THROAT
- RESPIRATORY ILLNESS( COPD, BRONCHITIS, RESPIRATORY FAILURE)
Above all, contact dermatitis and respiratory illness are among the most common Fiberglass injuries.
How To Remove Fiberglass From Skin?
“PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE”
- Does Fiberglass Come out of Skin on its own?
Long, thin fiber may find its way out of the skin, but it takes time and needs patience. Short, thick fibers get stuck and cause more severe irritation and subsequent contact dermatitis.
It is also a fact that some types of Fiberglass may not leave the skin and need emergency medical treatment. (4)
- How do you dissolve Fiberglass?
Fiberglass could only be removed by using alcohol that dissolved it into the skin, but if it is inhaled, in some cases, it gets dissolved on its own by immersing it into the pleural fluid. Later on, the residue is engulfed by the macrophages.
If Fiberglass is mistakenly ingested, it will be removed through the gastrointestinal tract into the feces. (5)
- Home Remedies To Remove Fiberglass from Skin
Home remedies are of utmost importance in removing Fiberglass from the skin. However, you should immediately seek medical advice in case of severe injury to prevent further loss.
If you have cuts, it will burn, but this will be the most effective remedy to remove Fiberglass from the skin.
Apply a significant amount of apple cider vinegar on the exposed site; it helps dissolve Fiberglass and the superficial skin layer.
Tweezer And Alcohol
Firstly, take a needle and tweezers and clean them with an alcohol wipe. Then, gently peel off the superficial layer of skin to make visible the splinter of Fiberglass. After that, grab the fragment with the pointed tweezer and pull it out. Do not worry if you find any difficulty getting it out, though; several attempts will pull it out. If this remedy is not yet working for you, then try a duct tape method.
Wash the affected area with running cold water and gently dry it with a clean, soft cloth or towel.
Do‘s And Don‘ts When You Have Fiberglass Stuck On Your Skin?
- You can apply a generous amount of topical corticosteroid ointment to relieve acute symptoms.
- Immediately consult with a healthcare practitioner If the symptoms persist even after the application of home remedies.
- Do not rub, scratch, or squeeze the affected area because it may penetrate the fiber more in-depth into the soft tissues beneath the skin.
- Do not try to remove Fiberglass from the skin by using compressed air.
- Avoid touching Fiberglass containing materials with bare hands. (8) (9)
Precautions While Handling With Fiberglass
- Always wear a Fiberglass protection kit while you are at your workplace.
- Cover your head with a cap.
- Wear an eye shield or goggles with side shields.
- Put on a respirator with a vibrator to protect your respiratory tract.
- Do not forget to wear gloves and avoid touching the Fiberglass containing materials directly.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes with full sleeves.
- Put on your shows before going to the workplace.
- Be cautious about putting off all the accessories before going outside.
- Wash your accessories separately and do not mix them with other clothes during washing.
- Rinse the washing appliance or other device that has been used to wash out the exposed clothing.
- Fiberglass exposed surfaces should not be cleaned with sweeping or dry cleaners. Vacuum cleaner or mopping could be done to rinse away the impurities. (10) (11)
Fiberglass is a human-made synthetic material that is usually found in building insulation, particularly pipelines.
Therefore, everyone should know the pros and cons of Fiberglass uses as it can be beneficial in men-made materials and hazardous for the human body.
Have you ever contacted Fiberglass, or does your occupation related to handling Fiberglass containing materials daily? Or did you ever get a Fiberglass associated injury? So, you must share your experiences and familiarities with our experts by scrolling down to the comments section.
Research Articles And Related Links
- Fiberglass – Types, Properties, and Applications.
- Adams RM (1990) Dermatitis due to fibrous glass. In: Adams RM (ed) Occupational skin disease. Saunders, Philadelphia, pp 16–17.
- Chang CH, Wang CM, Ho CK, Su WB, Yu HS. Fiberglass dermatitis: a case report. Kaohsiung J Med Sci. 1996 Aug;12(8):491-4.
- Achille S, Sismonetta G, Massimo F, Fiberglass dermatitis, Clinics in Dermatology, 10(2),1992, 167-174.
- Hancu, B. D., & Pop, M. (2013). Assessment of health effects related to fiberglass exposure in fiberglass workers: exhaled biomarkers eCO, FENO and their usefulness in the occupational environment testing. Clujul medical (1957), 86(2), 114–116.
- How to Safely Remove Fiberglass from Your Skin.
- How to remove Fiberglass in the skin.
- THE SECRET TO GETTING FIBERGLASS OUT OF YOUR SKIN.
- Safety in the Workplace With Fiberglass Dust.