From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
On Wednesday, October 12th from 4-5 PM ET, the SPFA Safety Committee will host a members-only bi-monthly "Foam-It-Right"® Safety Webinar. The topic will be Ladder Safety, presented by Jack Boller a representative from Louisville Ladders. This presentation is based on Louisville Ladder’s C.L.I.M.B. Academy safety training. Every year, nearly 100 people are killed and 160,000 are injured in ladder related incidents and this training will help you avoid being one of those statistics. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations require companies to provide employees with on-site training on ladder safety. That’s because ladder-safety instruction is essential to the safe and smooth operation of any workplace. This webinar will cover:
• Choosing the right ladder for the job
• Inspect for damaged or missing parts
• Implementing a safe stable set-up
• Move carefully, on ladders
• Be a ladder safety expert, not a statistic
In 2013, the SPFA Safety Committee developed two OSHA-compliant, bilingual jobsite safety signs. These included a Do Not Enter sign and a Fire Hazard sign. The Do Not Enter sign should be placed at all entry points of the spray zone to provide adequate warning of the need for proper PPE. The Fire Hazard sign should be placed throughout any area interior area with exposed SPF not protected with a fire protective covering or coating, to prevent ignition of exposed foam during construction.
In 2016, two more OSHA-compliant jobsite safety signs were added. The first is the No Storage sign. This sign should be prominently and permanently placed in all attics and crawlspace areas where the foam is not covered with an approved 15-minute thermal barrier. It warns building owners that no storage is permitted in these areas. The second new sign for Permit Confined Spaces, should be placed at the entry point of all Construction Confined Spaces, per the new OSHA regulations.
All four signs are provided as a color PDF and formatted for 8.5 x11 paper. If a larger sign is needed, they can be scaled by changing the printer settings. A single PDF file containing all four signs can be downloaded from the SPFA Members Only website.
August 18, 2016 – The SPFA Building Envelope and Technical Oversight Committees are pleased to announce an update to SPFA-126 "Thermal Barriers and Ignition Barriers for the Spray Polyurethane Industry". This new document, last revised in 2011, represents significant changes to content to address recent changes in the 2015 IRC and IBC model building codes. A volunteer task group led by Lindsay Lenze of NoBurn worked diligently since April to develop this updated document. Many thanks to those that participated on this project. Copies of SPFA-126 and all other SPFA TechDocs may be downloaded at no charge from the SPFA website at: http://www.sprayfoam.org/technical/spfa-technical-documents
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Industry News and Announcements
>> Honeywell Challenges Spray Foam Insulation Contractors and Builders to "Hit a Foam Run"
>> Polyurethane Machinery Corporation Awards SprayWorks for Being Top Distributor
>> ASHRAE Scholarships Provide Financial Assistance for 33 Students
>> Icynene spray foam insulation can help cool your home heating bills
>> Tenex Capital Management Invests in SES Foam LLC
>> Lapolla Industries Supports Amendment to Montreal Protocol
>> Secretary Moniz Releases Report Showing the Cost Reductions and Rapid Deployment of Clean Energy Technologies
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SPFA News and Announcements
SPFA Executive Director Kurt Riesenberg is attending the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo this week. Riesenberg, along with several SPFA members that are also in attendance, are promoting the sustainable and performance benefits of sprayfoam to attendees of the conference and with several publications who are covering the event. Riesenberg has several interviews scheduled while attending the event. "I think Greenbuild has moved the needle on green construction and sustainability like no other program and sprayfoam is excited to be part of the conversation here in Los Angeles," Riesenberg says. For more information about Greenbuild, click here
The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical voice to the spray polyurethane foam industry, today announced its newly elected Board of Directors. Representing senior leaders from both the contractor and manufacturer sectors, the 15-member Board includes an Executive Committee and 12 additional voting members.
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SPFA exhibited and was invited to speak in the policy session at the 19th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo held in the Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC on July 12, 2016. This was a coming-together of the biggest names in government and the biggest names in renewable energy and energy efficiency. SPFA delivered the message that if customers are going to be looking for high performance, energy efficient and sustainable buildings, they are going to be looking for sprayfoam insulation and roofing. To view information about the event, or to watch Kurt Riesenberg, SPFA Executive Director speaking in the Policy Forum (Panel 3), click below.
Visit http://www.eesi.org/briefings/view/expo2016 to view the full article online.
The 2017 Sprayfoam Convention and Expo will take place from January 29 through February 1, 2017, will be held at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California. For more information or to register, please visit the website at www.sprayfoam.org/expo
. To nominate your project for a 2017 SPFA National Industry Excellence Award
please click here
. To see sponsorship information
for this year's convention, click here
Federal/State Government News
Non-US Government Affairs Activities
> US-China Announcement on Climate Change Mitigation
> Paris Climate Agreement Passes Key Milestone on the Road to Implementation
> New Developments on HFC Amendment to the Montreal ProtocolU.S. Federal Legislative & Regulatory Activities
> President Obama Issues Memorandum Directing Federal Agencies to Take Into Consideration Climate Change and National Security Concerns
> ASHRAE Seeks Applicants for Engineering & Public Policy InternshipGGAC Regional and Chapter Activities
> US Conference of Mayors Adopts Energy Efficiency Resolution
> California Governor Signs Legislation on Super Pollutants
> Massachusetts Governor Issues Executive Order on Climate Change
Visit https://www.ashrae.org/government-affairs/government-affairs-updates to view the full article online.
|Source: sprayfoamadvisor.com / Robert Naini
Last week we discussed the prescriptive protection of foam plastic in accordance with the building code. This week we are going to talk about alternative options based on special approval testing. First, let’s think about an attic. Imagine spraying foam to the underside of a roof deck and then trying to cover it, in such a way that the foam is not exposed, with one of the ignition barrier products I mentioned last week. Now that’s tough!
Visit http://sprayfoamadvisor.com/intumescent-coatings-are-not-ignition-or-thermal-barriers/ to view the full article online.
SPFA Training & Certification
SPFA confirmed plans for the Field Exams to be held during Spray Foam 2017. The Field Exams will be held in the parking lot adjacent to the Renaissance Hotel/Palm Springs Convention Center. This location makes it convenient for Field Exam participants as well as convention attendees. Like last year, we will offer tours of the Field Exams giving visibility to the Field Exam sponsors and showing PCP participants what to expect in a Field Exam.
Last year we had record breaking participation in the Field Exams and we need your help to make 2017 equally successful!
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SPFA PCP frequently gets phone calls from frantic contractors wanting to know "How quickly can I become certified by the SPFA PCP?" This usually happens when the contractor receives a bid requiring the work to be done by SPFA PCP Certified applicators. Our immediate question is, "Are you certifiable?"
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The Professional Certification Program is seeking volunteers for the PCP Exam Prep curriculum review. We’ll be meeting shortly to divide assignments and give details on the review process.
If you aren’t able to help out with the curriculum review, but you’ll be attending the Spray Foam 2017 convention in Palm Springs, we could use your help there!
Please contact Kelly Marcavage at email@example.com for more details.
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During Sprayfoam 2017 in Palm Springs, CA, the PCP events will be held during the pre-convention dates.
Here is the preliminary schedule* – check the website at www.sprayfoam.org for more details as we get closer to the event.
Sunday, January 29, 2017 – PCP Exam Prep Courses, Field Exams and Written Exams
SPF Insulation Master Installer Exam Prep Course
SPF Roofing Master Installer Exam Prep Course
SPF Field Examiner Exam Prep Course
Monday, January 30, 2017 – PCP Exam Prep Courses, Field Exams and Written Exams
SPF Insulation Installer Exam Prep Course
SPF Roofing Installer Exam Prep Course
SPF Insulation Project Manager Exam Prep Course
SPF Roofing Project Manager Exam Prep Course
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - SPFA PCP Written Exams
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – SPFA PCP Written Exams
If you have any questions about these or anything regarding the PCP, please contact Kelly Marcavage at firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are looking at data showing that many folks have successfully completed some of the requirements needed to become SPFA PCP Certified; however, they haven’t submitted all the information needed to earn the distinguished SPFA PCP Certification.
Please let us know what is holding you up.
A Working Group is being formed to reach out to those who have begun, but not yet completed certification levels. We’d like to hear from you on what is stopping you from completing the requirements. This same group will also work on retaining and renewing those who are already certified and helping them get to the next level!
We look forward to hearing from you. Please direct comments, concerns and questions to Kelly Marcavage at email@example.com
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In 2012, OSHA began a program to align the old Hazard Communications Standard (HCS) with the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/ This new system to be implemented over the next several years, includes updated methods to communicate hazards on product labels and safety data sheets using an international standard.
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Breaking News! 360Training is offering SPFA Members and PCP Participants a 15% discount off select online OSHA training courses. This is a great benefit for SPFA Members and PCP participants! Please contact Kelly Marcavage at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the unique SPFA discount code. NOTE: this code is in effect for a limited period of time, so take the course soon to receive the discounted fee.
The 10 Hour OSHA course is required for the SPF Installer and Master Installer Certifications.
The 30 Hour OSHA Construction Course is required for the SPF Project Manager Certification.
If you take the 30 hour course, it fulfills SPFA PCP requirements for the 10 hour course.
For more details on all SPFA PCP requirements – visit our website at www.sprayfoam.org/certification
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Within the next few weeks, SPFA will be hosting an informational webinar about the SPFA Professional Certification Program (PCP). The program will be moderated by Kurt Riesenberg
, Executive Director SPFA and the speakers are Bonnie Strickler
– Chair of the QAP Committee for the Certification Program and Kelly Marcavage
, Certification Director SPFA.
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SPFA Member News & Services
Lapolla Industries, Inc. the global supplier and manufacturer of spray polyurethane foam insulation and roofing solutions, reflective roof coatings and equipment, today announced the launch of FOAM-LOK™ FLX 500-EM Spray Polyurethane Foam for Insulation. The next generation "Easy-to-Mix" open-cell spray applied foam produces ultra high yield and is recognized for its ability to reduce energy consumption in the structure and enhance energy savings. The high performance product is best suited for installation in attics and crawl spaces and requires no ignition barrier.
Visit https://www.lapolla.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/foam-lok-flx-500-technical-data-sheet-tds.pdf to view the full article online.