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Containment and Ventilation

Containment and Ventilation

Containment and Ventilation: Two Key Concepts for a Safe Application of SPF By Stephen Wieroniey, Spray Foam Coalition It is critical for applicators, helpers, and adjacent workers who may enter the spray foam application area before foam is fully cured, to follow good work practices in order to avoid potential exposure to spray polyurethane foam (SPF) component chemicals. Potential health ...

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Code Compliance: Go With The Most Approved

Evaluation Reports Verifying Code Compliance Helps Ensure That Intumescent Coating Products Over Spray Foam Are Properly Vetted Editorial Contributions by International Fireproof Technology Inc. September 15 is right around the corner, and if you didn’t know about any significant changes impacting you as a member of the spray polyurethane foam industry—you have definitely not been in the know. If you ...

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Is Oxygen Depletion a Safe and Reliable Method of Fire Control?

By SES Foam The Appendix-X Fire Protection Protocol is one of the spray foam industry’s greatest achievements. Our Appendix-X standard was developed through industry consensus and has been widely adopted by building officials, architects, and builders across the country. Spray foam manufacturers have tested dozens of products and assemblies to this standard and every SPF manufacturer has Appendix-X spray foam ...

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How to Not Fall Down on the Job

New Fall Protection Solutions To Look Out For By Leah Shook, Micheal Seman, Ted Hershey of Honeywell Industrial Safety Most spray foam workers are probably familiar with a variety of four-letter words. But one doesn’t always get the attention it deserves: “fall.” It’s a word worth talking about, however, because blowing foam into building spaces often means working at a ...

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Portable Generator Safety

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Protect yourself and your crew with these simple steps It is not uncommon to see a portable generator on spray polyurethane jobsites. After all, if the main generator on the rig fails, the entire job waits until an alternate energy source is found—unless a backup portable generator is available. Although they can save the day, they can turn it dark—quickly— ...

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MDI and Respirator Safety

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Are you wearing the correct respirator? By Mike Bennett The Spray Foam Coalition of the ACC Center for the Polyurethanes Industry defines spray polyurethane foam (SPF) as a spray-applied plastic that can form a continuous insulation and air-sealing barrier on walls, roofs, around corners, and on all contoured surfaces. Simply described, the process is this: Mixing and reacting unique liquid ...

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Dressing For Success: Fall Protection & PPE

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By Jim Koch, National Roofing Manager Accella Roofing Systems Often spray polyurethane foam jobsites require that crews work at elevation. Whether this entails spraying foam onto ceiling joists in a residential attic or applying a new roofing system onto a 24-story building, there are strict rules and regulations that must be followed to ensure worker safety. The Occupational Safety and ...

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Spray Foam Safety: Respiratory Fit Testing

Fit test kits provide convenient and efficient means for testing your crew

Still Required, Sill Necessary By Anne Osbourn, MSA Industrial and Utilities Marketing Manager & Leslie Mitchell, MSA Creative Writer Decades have passed since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began requiring employers to provide respirators for employees who must work within contaminated environments. Use of tight-fitting respirators in the workplace necessitates annual employee fit testing to help ensure that ...

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Spray Foam Safety: Confined Space Safety Regulation Update

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By Jennifer Coon, CHMM, CET, Safety Director, Tank Industry Consultants In May of 2015, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the Final Rule for Confined Spaces in Construction (29 CFR 1926 Part AA). The standard refined the parameters for working in confined spaces – creating additional requirements for construction industry confined spaces and encompassing residential construction – ...

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Protecting Workers From Heat Illness

Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free from known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat.

OSHA provides considerations to prevent heat-related tragedies to spray foam crewmembers in heated conditions By Dean McKenzie, OSHA Director of Construction If you work outside performing various commercial and residential building and construction activities, and you do not follow some simple precautionary measures, you could be at risk for heat exposure. Each year thousands of workers develop heat-related illness on ...

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