The first changes to national guidelines for installing ceiling insulation since the bungled federal government home insulation scheme will be introduced next month.

The addition of a "special safety section" to the national standards are expected to be followed at the end of the year by an overhaul of the insulation guidelines.

The Herald revealed for the first time yesterday details of a secret 2010 report by an insulation advisory panel appointed by the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Rikki Pearce, from Standards Australia, said the change to insulation standards next month would be an occupational health and safety change regarding electrical wiring.

 She said that while national standards were "essentially voluntary and best practice guidelines", some standards were made as binding regulations by governments.

 The Insulation Council of Australia and New Zealand will also release a comprehensive training guide to members next month.


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