INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HEAT & FROST INSULATORS & ALLIED WORKERS

Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers 
Job Description:
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 rooms.

The INSULATOR works from blueprints and uses tools such as welding machines, knives, scissors, trowels, measuring, and leveling tools.

Working Conditions:
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.