Whether you've been installing spray polyurethane foam (SPF)
roof systems for more than 30 years or are considering adding the
product to your service portfolio, you probably could benefit from
an update on the safe handling and application of chemicals for SPF
When proper precautions are taken, chemicals, coatings and
solvents used during SPF roofing applications can be used safely
without adverse health effects. Federal, state and some local
agencies require proper precautions to be followed on job sites
when handling certain chemicals. These include using engineering
controls, proper work site practices, using appropriate personal
protective equipment (PPE), and reading and understanding product
labels and material safety data sheets (MSDSs).
Before beginning an SPF job, think of all the ways contact with
chemicals could occur. Remember, this includes every step of the
job, from site preparation (which may involve cleaning solvents,
coatings and dust exposure) to foam application, coating of the
foam surface and cleanup at the end of a job.
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