Before handling fiberglass insulation, you should first gear up in the appropriate personal protective equipment (or PPE for short). This includes protective goggles, long pants, socks, boots, long-sleeved shirt and a cap. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) recommends loose, non-constricting clothing to minimize the risk for direct skin contact with fiberglass particles.

Another key piece of PPE that shouldn’t be overlooked when handling fiberglass insulation is a dust mask. Even if you don’t physically touch the insulation with your skin, being around it could result in particles entering your respiratory system. Each time you take a breath, some of the fiberglass particles may enter your lungs, causing irritation and breathing problems.

When you are finished handling fiberglass insulation, remove your clothes and set them aside to wash in a separate load. It’s not uncommon for some of the fiberglass particles to linger on shirts and pants for days after they are worn. Thankfully, these particles are easily rinsed away by washing them.