Spray Foam Safety Information
Spray Polyurethane Foam Health & Safety
Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is a highly effective and widely used insulation and air sealant material. However, exposure to the chemical components that react to make SPF can pose serious health risks. Whether you are an applicator, assistant, or building occupant where this product is applied, follow these tips:
the label and product information for chemical ingredients, hazards,
directions, safe work practices, and precautions.
health and safety training is completed and safe work practices are followed to
prevent exposure before, during, and after an installation.
caution when determining a safe reoccupancy time for unprotected occupants and
workers based on the manufacturer recommendation
During a spray foam application, only workers wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) should be present. Other trade workers and building/home occupants should vacate the premises. If anyone experiences breathing problems or other adverse health effects during or after an SPF application, seek immediate medical attention.
Spray Foam Health and Safety Initiatives
With the use of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) expected to increase over the coming decades, trade associations like the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) and the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) are working on safety, training, and product stewardship programs intended to enhance professional SPF contractors’ understanding of the safe application and handling practices of spray foam. These important initiatives will also reach beyond professionals to homeowners and those in the building and construction community.
Find out more about SPFA’s Professional Certification Program (PCP).
Find out more about SPF product stewardship from CPI.
For additional information, visit: Spray Foam Safety Website