Due to the multifunctional nature of Fermacell Gypsum Fibreboards, they are stored and used in both internal and external environments. Care must be taken when using Fermacell and its associated accessories in areas of limited ventilation and around other working personnel.
Although Fermacell itself does not contain any dangerous chemicals, it is imperative that safe working practices are followed. Health and Safety Executive Guidance Note EA44 outlines the general approach to control occupational exposure to airborne dust, but it should always be considered that good working practice will ensure that occupational exposure is minimised. When installing Fermacell Boards these include:
- Ensure good ventilation when cutting Fermacell
- Use dust extractors where possible to minimise airborne dust contamination when cutting with power tools
- Use a dust mask that meets EN 149 specifications
- Avoid contact of the dry products with the skin
- Irrigate eyes immediately with water in the event of contact with dust
- Always wash exposed skin after use
Fermacell Jointstik and Floor Glue
Skin contact: Wipe off uncured product with a paper towel or cotton pad. Wash skin thoroughly with soapy water. Cured product should not be removed. Please note: should skin irritation persist obtain medical assistance.
Eye contact: Keep the eyelids open and rinse thoroughly with clean running water, and obtain medical assistance immediately.
Ingestion: DO NOT induce vomiting. Seek IMMEDIATE medical assistance.
Fermacell Fine Surface Treatment and Joint Filler
General information: Wash soiled clothing before reuse.
Inhalation: Inhalation of dust when mixing or sanding may cause short term irritation. Use a dust mask that meets EN 149 specifications.
Skin contact: Flush and wash with water and soap.
Eye Contact: Rinse eyes immediately with clean water.
Ingestion: Drink plenty of milk or water.
Safe working habits and conditions also embrace subjects such as lifting of heavy materials (which should be undertaken in the correct manner using mechanical handling equipment where appropriate); cutting and handling of metal components (the wearing of gloves to avoid cuts and abrasions is recommended); and the avoidance of contact between the eyes and liquid products.
Where possible, Fermacell Boards should be stored on a flat level base. They should be protected from moisture; wet boards should be allowed to dry out completely on a level surface before use. The stacking of boards on their edges can lead to deformation of the boards and damage to the edges. Boards should generally be carried upright and the use of board lifters is advised when fitting boards to ceilings.
Occupational Exposure Standards are reviewed annually by the Health and Safety Executive in the light of any new medical evidence. The tables shown indicate the OES values of the constituents of Fermacell Gypsum Fibreboard and demonstrate that exemplary working habits and good working practice are the main health and safety issues associated with the use of the product.
For more information please contact our Technical Department on +44 (0) 870 609 03 06 or email email@example.com