SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2015 - (Page 38)
BY TyLEr fIsKE, aNCHor INsULaTIoN
prayfoam contractors typically know how to do their job and do it well. We
know the safety requirements and know how to properly set up engineering
controls. Most spray foam applicators can tell you the distances bystanders without
personal protective equipment (PPE) need to keep away from freshly sprayed foam.
Sprayers are good at efficiently and effectively setting up the jobsites for safety
and production. Do you know who has very little knowledge of those things?
Everyone else on the project.
Other tradesmen, not familiar with SPF application, might see "space suits," massive amounts of ventilation fans/ducts, plastic sheets, fake walls and faces - mostly
concealed behind chemically resistant respirator facepieces - and wonder what is
going on? And your carefully placed "Do Not Enter" warning tape and "Respiratory
Protection Required" signs? Ignored, like decades-old graffiti on the side of a condemned building.
However, in the SPF crew's mind, the
jobsite has been set up correctly and
they feel they are doing things right. The
other trades on site must be thinking,
"What is happening here?"
off to the Right Start or an
The blueprints have been read, wall
assemblies determined and material
specifications met. There have been
a number of email and phone conversations regarding some specifics of a
project that is being bid. The estimating department has sent in submittals,
requested material changes and confirmed specifications. The bid is sent in
and...the general contracting company
awards you the project.
The spray foam contractor is slated
to start working the project tomorrow
but the project manager sure acts like
he wanted the work done last week.
There are site progress and safety meetings, which make it seem like no one is
on track in either department. It seems
everyone is behind schedule and it is
your responsibility to make up the time
lost by other trades, inclement weather
and other factors. Your company shows
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up to start spraying and there are other
tradesmen all throughout the work zone.
The spray team asks them to leave but
it seems like everyone on the project
needs to be right where your crew is
operating - all the time. Other contractors complain about smelling things and
fear the worst (or are intentionally making it harder on you, it seems).
They threaten to and eventually do
call OSHA to come to the site.
This project, which had a lot of moving
parts and the potential to be a nightmare,
didn't have to turn out this way, though.
Group Safety Starts
Communication is key, and it should
start weeks before any spray foam work
is scheduled. Much of the scenario
above could have been prevented, fears
relieved, questions answered and bad
circumstances avoided if the spray foam
contractor(s) had communicated their
plans, the safety requirements and how
the engineering controls were going to
be set up to protect and minimize any
chance for exposure to the other trades.
How many site scheduling and safety
meetings were conducted before your
first day on the jobsite? Those are
golden opportunities to take questions, ease fears and lay out a solid
plan of action on how you are going
to safely (for you and them) insulate
the building. Typically most, if not all,
of the other trades working the project
will be on hand for that meeting each
week. Those are great opportunities to
coordinate scheduling and other items
related to your scope of work with the
other contractors. Make sure the GC
and PM are aware of the safety regulations spray foam contractors need to
follow. Document that they've been
informed. Bring the signs that will be
used to the meetings with you so the
other contractors can see them and ask
questions. Be available. Be the expert.
Answer the questions and inform them
of your plan.
* Communication on the
It's day one. Most everyone on site
should be informed of how your crew
will manage the spray zone. They
know to expect the signs, the poly and
other things designed to keep them
out of the spray zone. Meet your crew
there and help them set up. Show them
where to place the fans and which
direction to push the air. Make sure
the poly barriers or mock walls are
properly set up. Take the PM through
the work zone before spraying starts.
Your team should know how to set up
each zone. Clearly communicate the
plan and expectations to them. Inspect
the engineering controls one final time
before spray commences. Make sure
other tradesmen have left the spray
zone before spraying begins. Plan to be
available for a few hours that morning
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2015
Executive Director’s Corner
Foam Business News
Sprayfoam 2015 Convention and Expo Coverage
The Impact of Negative Media
Behind the Foam
Speaking Sensibly New Building Codes – Air Tightness, Ventilation and Moisture Control
Communication and Commercial Sprayfoam Projects
2015 SPFA Contractor Awards
Ask the Expert
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