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FEDERAL AGENCY UPDATE
CHECKLIST FOR REDUCING EXPOSURES
afer workplace practices (or
best practices) are essential
when handling spray polyurethane foam (SPF) chemicals. The
Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) has worked with the SPF
industry to encourage the development and adoption of best
practices and cost-effective technologies that reduce air toxics in
the workplace, in the home, and
in the surrounding community. In
collaboration with other federal
partners and the SPF industry,
EPA has developed tools for businesses to enhance the awareness
of health and safety issues associated with SPF application. These
tools include a best practices outreach kit for applicators, including
a jobsite checklist and a guide to
communicating with homeowners; a contractor’s self-evaluation
checklist of best practices; and,
a guide to ventilation principles
and practices. To learn more about
these tools, visit http://www.epa.
SPFA along with the Center for
the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI)
and the Sprayfoam Coalition (SFC)
engage in dialogue and coordination with various federal agencies
working on SPF. The checklist
offered on the following pages
is an updated/expanded version
of previous checklists and EPA is
always looking for feedback on the
For any questions or comments
on the checklist please direct to
Carol Hetfield, US EPA Office of
Pollution Prevention and Toxics,
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JOBSITE CHECKLIST FOR REDUCING EXPOSURES DURING
HIGH-PRESSURE, TWO-COMPONENT SPF APPLICATION:
____ Complete health & safety, equipment, and applicator training.
____ Maintain binder of safety data sheets, manuals, contracts, technical sheets,
emergency contacts, and best practices materials.
____ Maintain a copy of the installer’s written safety plan.
____ Retain equipment settings and maintenance records, material names, system
numbers, seasonal formulations, lot numbers, and product samples.
____ Retain hazard communication records.
____ Implement safe storage and handling practices to prevent and/or respond to
spills, leaks, and explosions.
____ Ensure that workers do not eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum in the work zone.
____ Conduct a pre-job assessment so that health & safety risks can be identified
____ Review environmental conditions to ensure that conditions are appropriate
for SPF application.
____ Establish a safe work zone around the SPF application to isolate the
____ Implement depressurization and control of mechanical systems.
____ Ensure air handlers and vents are securely covered with plastic to prevent
movement of chemicals, vapors, and/or dust.
____ Consider Combustion Appliance Zones.
____ Ensure that chemical drums, hoses, and other equipment are warmed up to
____ Ensure that proper equipment settings (e.g., pressure, temperature,
proportioning) are used.
____ Perform a small test spray and check foam quality after 5 minutes. Make any
necessary equipment adjustments.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2013
Executive Director's Corner- The Hose to Nowhere
President's Post - Feast, Famine ...& Friends!
Foam Business News
Safety First - Effect of Ventilation Rates on Applicator Exposure During SPF Application
Checklist - How to Reduce Exposures During SPF Application
Legislative Update - The Immigration Reform and Construction
Behind The Foam - Rob Tollen and George Tollen: Selling a Product They Believe In
2013 SPFA Contractor Awards
Ask the Expert - Perfecting Your Masking and Trimming
Index of Advertisers
SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2013