Safe Spraying and Intelligent Insulation: Workshop Presentations

Session Description:

On December 11, 2013, the Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA), a part of the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, hosted a workshop intended to highlight health and safety aspects of insulation.

While the workshop focused on avoiding exposures to isocyanates contained in polyurethane foam, it also generally covered best insulation practices, fire protection strategies, and the need for adequate ventilation once a building enclosure has been made tight.

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.     

The workshop was organized with many partners and was held at the Commonwealth’s Firefighting Training Academy in Stow. Please see below for presentations.

In April, 2014, the Office held a similar event at Bristol Community College. This event included more information on safety, codes, and ventilation for indoor air quality, and a three-hour session on methods for ensuring that spray foam application is conducted properly, to avoid problems.  For presentations from the April spray foam event, click here.


Session A - Safe Polyurethane Spray Insulation: Essentials and Available Training


     , Amee Bhatt, OSHA/Region 1

    03 OSHA Consultation Service

     , Lee Salamone, ACC Center for the Polyurethane Industry

     05 BPI Accreditation and Certification, Building Performance Institute pdf format of Building Performance Institute Accreditations
, Building Performance Institute

     , MaryBeth Smuts, EPA Region I

    07 Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program, Yale Medical Group

Session B - Intelligent Insulation: Options and Best Practices

     , Richard Keleher, AIA, Thompson & Lichtner

     09 Ensuring Quality Application, Henri Fennell, HC Fennell Consulting pdf format of Foam Applications--Ensuring Quality Application
file size 5MB, Henri Fennell, HC Fennell Consulting

     10 Three and a Half Case Studies, Paul Eldrenkamp, Byggmeister Design Build pdf format of Three (and a Half) Case Studies
file size 4MB, Paul Eldrenkamp, Byggmeister Design Build

     , Brian Meacham, Worcester Polytechnic Instit.

     , Tyler Fiske, Anchor Insulation

     , Mark Hutchins, Conservation Services Group

    14 Tom Riley, Board of Buildings Regulations and Standards, Commonwealth of MA

Additional OSHA Documents:

OSHA_ppe-factsheet  pdf format of OSHA_ppe-factsheet
OSHA3514_HazCom2012_SDS_brief pdf format of OSHA BRIEF Hazard Communication Standard: Safety Data S
OSHA3642_HazCom2012_training pdf format of OSHA Fact Sheet
OSHA-RKfactsheet1 pdf format of Highlights of OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule
OSHA-working-in-attics-factsheet pdf format of Residential Construction: Working in Attics