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safEtY first coMMunication anD coMMErciaL sPraYfoaM ProJEcts BY TyLEr fIsKE, aNCHor INsULaTIoN S 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 oSHA-Inspection Nightmare? 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 38 sprayfoam Professional | Summer 2015 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 with Communication 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 starting date 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
President’s Post
Foam Business News
SPFA Today
Sprayfoam 2015 Convention and Expo Coverage
The Impact of Negative Media
Legislative Update
Behind the Foam
Speaking Sensibly New Building Codes – Air Tightness, Ventilation and Moisture Control
Communication and Commercial Sprayfoam Projects
2015 SPFA Contractor Awards
Safety First
Ask the Expert
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SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2015