Not an approved method of balancing airflow
June 11, 2012 2:13 PM Subscribe
My boss is using fiberglass insulation to block an air duct. Am I going to die of cancer because of this?
posted by Sternmeyer to Health & Fitness (11 answers total)
My boss has a vent in his office that blows way too much air in for his tastes. Today he announced that he has solved his problem by stuffing the vent with fiberglass insulation, forcing the air to blow through it and limiting the amount of air that gets through. I am concerned that blowing air through the fiberglass is going to fill my lungs with nasty bits of carcinogenic insulation. My coworker says I am being overly worked up, and that fiberglass is actually used for air and dust filtration, so this is fine.
Additional details: the vent in question is directly over his desk, and is about as far from my office as it could be and still be in the same building. I believe the return air is taken from the ceiling space, which is presumably also full of insulation, so maybe I have been breathing this stuff in all my life and haven't died yet.
Should I ask my boss to remove the fiberglass or is it a nonissue?