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California DTSC Update: SPF Misinformation Corrected, Issue Remains Unresolved


The recent efforts of California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to list spray foam as a hazardous consumer product reached an important checkpoint in fall of 2014, as a concerted effort by the SPF industry lead to several revisions of misinformation about spray foam. As highlighted in the May/June 2014 edition of Spray Foam 411, the DTSC presented in ...

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Flood Damage-Resistance and Spray Foam Insulation


Closed-cell spray polyurethane foam is the only Class 5 flood damage-resistant insulation, as rated by FEMA With the rash of rainfall across the Southeastern U.S. in the beginning of October, flooding has again reared its ugly head as a cause of concern for homeowners across the country. Flooding is often a concern in coastal areas, but as we saw with ...

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New OSHA Rule And Its Impact On Spray Foam Insulation Safety


It’s a common sight in the spray foam industry: an applicator getting into an attic or crawl space to bolster a home’s insulation. While accessing these confined spaces, crewmembers are exposed to potential risks that could lead to workplace hazards, including low oxygen, fumes, and flash fires. To raise awareness and combat these risks, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ...

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Fundamentals Of Open- And Closed-Cell Foam

Open-cell spray foam is intended as cavity insulation inside exterior and interior walls, and for use in attics and crawlspaces.

By Robert Naini In the world of spray foam, there are two categories of products: open-cell and closed-cell foam. Open-cell and closed-cell spray foam insulation products are regularly used on many different types of projects in commercial, residential, industrial applications, and on various substrates such as wood, metal, and concrete. OPEN-CELL SPRAY FOAM Open-cell spray foam is referred to as ...

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OSHA Training Courses

OSHA Training Courses on Spray Foam Magazine

Practicing jobsite safety should be second nature, but ongoing training is always helpful. The OSHA Outreach Training Program makes it easier for employers and employees to obtain training on recognizing, avoiding, and preventing workplace hazards that threaten health and safety. The voluntary training program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and advice on filing complaints. Although the program ...

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R-Value Is Not The Whole Story


By Robert Naini The insulation you use does not have a higher “effective R-value” than its tested R-value, stop saying that it does. R-value is R-value; it is derived and documented based on a tested value, K-factor, and does not magically have a higher resistance than the value listed on its technical data sheet just because you think it is ...

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Good Leaders Ask Dumb Questions

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6 Leadership Traits in Defense of Asking the Obvious By Walt Grassl Paul and Sam work in a medium-size SPF contracting company. Sam was having lunch with Paul after a particularly grueling project planning meeting that Sam had attended. “Paul, I can’t believe what just happened in my project planning meeting. None of the supervisors had the guts to point ...

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