The work of the INSULATOR and Asbestos
Worker today covers industrial, commercial and cryogenics. Industrial applies
to all types of industries, such as chemical process, petro-chemical, metal
and other process industries, liquid organic heating systems, steam condensing
cycles, high temperature hot water systems, etc. The commercial field includes
buildings, building services and refrigerated spaces. Cryogenics is the
field of low temperature service, such as required by the liquified gases,
generally below minus 100 F.
INSULATORS may also be certified
for an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved asbestos abatement
program. Certified INSULATORS remove asbestos from schools, hospitals,
power plants, chemical and industrial facilities.
INSULATORS work with many types of
materials, such as fiberglass, cork, calcium-silicate, foamglass, expanded
silicate and spray insulation. They insulate hot and cold piping, refrigerant
lines, duct work, boilers, tanks, large power plants, brine lines and cooler
The INSULATOR works from blueprints
and uses tools such as welding machines, knives, scissors, trowels, measuring,
and leveling tools.
This is construction work and the
work is outside as well as inside, and weather can be a factor. The work
at times is performed at heights, working on ladders and scaffolds, or
at times may be performed in confined spaces. Worker works with many types
of insulating materials, mastics, and vapor barriers. Work is done
from blueprints, using a wide variety of power tools; also cutting, leveling
and fastening tools.