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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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High-Flying Safety: Protecting Yourself On Aerial Lifts

According to OSHA, aerial lifts are among the most dangerous pieces of equipment on any job site.

If you spray foam on large commercial roofs, chances are good that at some point in your career you will work on an aerial lift. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines an aerial lift as any vehicle-mounted device used to elevate personnel, including: Extendable boom platforms, aerial ladders, articulating (jointed) boom platforms, vertical towers, and any combination of ...

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SPF Roofing Applications Create Unique Hazards

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By Harry Dietz, Director of Risk Management, NRCA Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is a roof system installation with unique chemical components, application techniques, and worker protection requirements that vary from other roof system installations. Although edge, skylight, ladder, and roof opening hazards are also found in SPF installations, a roofing contractor faces unique challenges when implementing controls to minimize other ...

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EPA Issues New Guidance Document on Proper Ventilation Techniques During Spray Foam Applications

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Last year, in May 2010, NIOSH convened a meeting with key people from the spray foam industry, federal participants, and other vested groups to discuss the challenges of deploying ventilation technologies in the SPF application environment. Discussions included the variability of SPF operations, applications and worksites, typical practices, re-occupancy, overspray and barriers, and the use of natural and mechanical ventilation. ...

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