Synthetic mineral fibres include materials like fibreglass, rockwool, and ceramic fibres. These are commonly used for insulation and can be hazardous if the tiny particles are inhaled, enter skin or get into the eyes.

There is a risk to the health of workers who make or install synthetic mineral fibre products, particularly if the fine dust is inhaled. We have produced guidance on how to safely manufacture and handle synthetic mineral fibre products.

Health and safety guidelines for the selection and safe handling of synthetic mineral fibres describes safe working methods when manufacturing or using synthetic mineral fibre products including respiratory protective equipment, protective clothing and health monitoring.

The selection and safe handling of synthetic mineral fibres (PDF 95 KB)

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.