On April 9, 2014, the Office of Technical Assistance and Technology hosted a workshop at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA. The program was tailored for construction supervisors and designers, building inspectors and weatherizers.
The purpose was to foster understanding of the necessity for safe spray foam application and other important aspects of insulation as we make buildings tighter. Participants were able to learn about how to prevent exposures and comply with the law, discover material options, pros and cons, and strategic uses and find ways for preventing problems with moisture, mold and pests. Speakers addressed ways to identify what can go wrong and how to prevent it.
The workshop was an outgrowth of interagency work that highlighted isocyanates as a leading occupational cause of work-related asthma, and was primarily intended to reduce exposures that can be caused by inadequate dermal and respiratory protection. Spray foam is not the only building material that presents hazards that require attention. All parties playing a role in building construction should be aware of toxic constituents and safe practices.
Here are the presentations from the event:
01 Safe Spray Foam Presentation_Marvin Lewiton file size 6MB