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.

For more information contact Rick Reibstein at rick.reibstein@state.ma.us or 617-626-1062

Here are the presentations from the event:

01 Safe Spray Foam Presentation_Marvin Lewiton pdf format of 01 Safe Spray Foam Presentation_Marvin Lewiton file size 6MB

02 Insulation Materials_Mike Josefek pdf format of 02 Insulation Materials_Mike Josefek

03 Ventilation and Insulation Requirements of the MA State Building Code (780 CMR) pdf format of 03 Ventilation and Insulation Requirements

04 Ventilation in Tight Buildings_Mark Price pdf format of 04 Ventilation in Tight Buildings_Mark Price

Presentations from spray foam event in December