From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
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.
Industry News and Announcements
>> ASHRAE/IES Publish Standard on Building Energy Efficiency
>> BPI Launches the Healthy Home Evaluator Certification Nationally
>> Lapolla Industries Reports Financial Results for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2016
>> Tips for Winterizing Your Home
>> OSHA Releases Updated Recommended Practices to Encourage Workplace Safety and Health Programs
>> Code Council Members Elect Board Officers, Directors
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SPFA News and Announcements
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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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
U.S. Federal Legislative & Regulatory Activities
> ASHRAE Publishes 2016 Edition of Standard 90.1, Starting DOE Review Clock Leading to State & Federal GGAC Regional and Chapter Activities
> Commonwealth of Virginia to Consider Amending Asbestos Regulations
Visit https://www.ashrae.org/government-affairs/government-affairs-updates to view the full article online.
|Source: sprayfoamadvisor.com / Robert Naini
This week I want to talk about closed-cell and open-cell foam, specifically, is closed-cell foam better than open-cell foam or is open-cell foam better than closed-cell foam?
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SPFA Training & Certification
Join Your Industry Partners in Making This Successful
The SPFA PCP Field Exam Marketing Working Group has launched the Scholarship Drive for Field Exams. The goal is to make Field Exams Free for those who take them at the Sprayfoam 2017 Convention & Expo in Palm Springs, CA. The Field Exams will be held on Sunday-Monday, January 29-30, 2017.
The funds from this campaign will be added to the Sig Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund for Field Exams which was established at Sprayfoam 2016. Since Sig, a Past President of SPFA, was instrumental in launching the first field exams held at an SPFA convention - it is fitting that we return to Palm Springs where he headed up the first Field Exams ever held at a Sprayfoam convention. In his memory, we'll offer scholarships to all SPF contractors so they can meet the PCP certification requirements to become certified SPF professionals!
Like last year, the cost of the field exams will be reduced through donations to the scholarship fund.
These ten companies have already signed up to be sponsors of the Scholarship Fund.
Accella Spray Products
Western Pacific Roofing
Please read the attached letter for more details. For more information and to donate, please contact Kelly Marcavage, SPFA Director of Certification – email@example.com
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SPF Assistant Exam Prep Course Webinar will be available in English and Spanish at Sprayfoam 2017
The SPF Assistant Exam Prep Course will be offered at the Sprayfoam 2017 convention in a webinar format in both English and Spanish. The Courses will each be monitored by an SPF professional who will be available to answer questions. Details on registering for these courses in Palm Springs will be available in the Attendee Planner.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 email@example.com 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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