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SAFETY FIRST COMMIT TO TRAINING FIRST TO SUCCEED T hink you can learn how to identify if you are spraying foam insulation off ratio in two hours? How about troubleshooting your equipment when it doesn’t spray? Is it your transfer pumps? Is your compressor producing too much moisture for your dryer to handle? Are your Y-strainers clogged? What is a Y-Strainer? What’s the difference if I spray a drum that’s 55 degrees versus one that’s 70? Do you mean I need to change my ISO Cup when it turns opaque? What is the ISO Cup? It should only take me 10 minutes to heat up a 55 gallon drum that’s 45 degrees and get it to 70 – right? It was 65 degrees out this afternoon, why is my foam shrinking? Do I really need to wear a fresh air mask? “Proper training that covers these items and others takes time to learn,” said Spray Foam Nation CEO Peter Cantone. “Two days is not enough time.” The greatest challenge is that spraying foam insulation requires skills that are not directly related to any large existing industries, he added. “Most contractors are coming from the fi berglass, cellulose or HVAC industries – with some being GCs or builders. Not one of those professions has a solid understanding of a system that requires the even mix of two chemicals they are – in large part – not familiar with. Nor are they familiar with the storage of these materials or the many variables that turn these chemicals into a nightmare without the proper training.” Being that there are even more variables when you get to the jobsite, like substrate temperature, moisture sensitivity, or the substrate itself – the long list of variables once again leads us to a clear solution – training is critical. “The only way we are going to make this industry more successful is by enforcing proper training,” said Cantone. What makes a training class a good training class? It starts with having trainers with extensive real life Spray Foam Nation recognized these challenges, leading to the renovation of their West Haven, Conn., SPF Training Center and the addition of more training options, including a five-day training class.” contractor experience that can share their experiences with the class. These trainers need to possess the ability to communicate the most important subjects that are critical to becoming a successful contractor. They also need to cover health and safety because, if not handled properly, SPF can be a health concern. When handled properly, SPF does its job getting us closer to energy independence. The class needs to include equipment training so that the contractor can fi x and maintain the most critical equipment components. “Classes that have a spray booth allow instructors to display the most effective ways of spraying,” said Cantone. Lastly, the class should include building science specifically with regards to SPF. “Contractors need to know the basics of building science so they understand how the home or building performs as a system.” Spray Foam Nation recognized these challenges, leading to the renovation of their West Haven, Conn., SPF Training Center and the addition of more training options, including a five-day training class. The five-day class curriculum was put together by lead trainer John Thompson and Jim Peterson, both instructors each with more than 25 years of experience. Thompson worked with SPFA to help create the SPFA Certification guidelines, and this training class covers them all: SPF 101, equipment functionality, maintenance, and even a health and safety segment administered by Yale University’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program Director and Professor, Carrie A. Redlich, MD, MPH. The curriculum is hands-on (each contractors gets equipment to work on), and each contractor gets to spray foam insulation in the www.sprayfoam.org | SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL 13 http://www.sprayfoam.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spray Foam Professional - Winter 2012

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER
PRESIDENT’S POST
FOAM BUSINESS NEWS
SPFA TODAY
SAFETY FIRST
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
SPFA CONVENTION & EXPO
ANATOMY OF A CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT SUMMARY
ASK THE EXPERT
UPCOMING EVENTS
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

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