Spray Foam Safety Guide

Spray Foam Safety Guide

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:

  • Review the label and product information for chemical ingredients, hazards, directions, safe work practices, and precautions.
  • Ensure health and safety training is completed and safe work practices are followed to prevent exposure before, during, and after an installation.
  • Exercise 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.

Spray Foam Safety Organizations