Safe Spraying and Intelligent Insulation: Workshop Presentations
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
01 Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance file size 2MB
02 OSHA Isocyanates National Emphasis Program , Amee Bhatt, OSHA/Region 1
03 OSHA Consultation Service
04 Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation: Essential Resources and Training file size 2MB , Lee Salamone, ACC Center for the Polyurethane Industry
05 BPI Accreditation and Certification, Building Performance Institute , Building Performance Institute
06 US EPA & Federal Partners Efforts to Understand & Promote the Safe Use of Polyurethane Products & EPA’s Proposed Regulatory Actions under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for Diisocyanates , MaryBeth Smuts, EPA Region I
07 Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program, Yale Medical Group
Session B - Intelligent Insulation: Options and Best Practices
08 Notes for Workshop in Stow, Richard Keleher , Richard Keleher, AIA, Thompson & Lichtner
09 Ensuring Quality Application, Henri Fennell, HC Fennell Consulting file size 5MB, Henri Fennell, HC Fennell Consulting
10 Three and a Half Case Studies, Paul Eldrenkamp, Byggmeister Design Build file size 4MB, Paul Eldrenkamp, Byggmeister Design Build
11 Fire Concerns in Insulation, Brian Meacham, Worcester Polytechnic Instit. file size 1MB, Brian Meacham, Worcester Polytechnic Instit.
12 Health and Safety Quality Control, Tyler Fiske, Anchor Insulation file size 3MB, Tyler Fiske, Anchor Insulation
13 General Points Re: Insulation, Mark Hutchins, Conservation Services Group , Mark Hutchins, Conservation Services Group
14 Tom Riley, Board of Buildings Regulations and Standards, Commonwealth of MA
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