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FEDERAL AGENCY UPDATE CHECKLIST FOR REDUCING EXPOSURES S 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. gov/dfe/pubs/projects/spf/spray_ polyurethane_foam.html 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 content. For any questions or comments on the checklist please direct to Carol Hetfield, US EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, at Hetfield.Carol@epa.gov. 18 SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL | Summer 2013 Ongoing Activities Pre-Application Application Post-Application Quality Assurance JOBSITE CHECKLIST FOR REDUCING EXPOSURES DURING HIGH-PRESSURE, TWO-COMPONENT SPF APPLICATION: (condensed) Ongoing Activities ____ 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. Pre-Application ____ Conduct a pre-job assessment so that health & safety risks can be identified and managed. ____ Review environmental conditions to ensure that conditions are appropriate for SPF application. ____ Establish a safe work zone around the SPF application to isolate the work area. ____ 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 manufacturer’s guidelines. ____ 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. http://www.naylornetwork.com/spfa/

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
Speaking Sensibly
2013 SPFA Contractor Awards
Ask the Expert - Perfecting Your Masking and Trimming
Upcoming Events
Index of Advertisers

SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2013