The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced plans to develop a new training and education program on the use of low-pressure spray polyurethane foam (SPF).
With a $48,000 grant from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, CPI said it will develop an online training program targeting weatherization professionals about hazard considerations related to SPF. This initiative will include a web-based program for professionals who work with low-pressure, two-component foam systems and insulating foam sealant.
The training program will be available in English and Spanish. The proposal was modeled after CPI’s successful SPF Chemical Health and Safety Training online program, which focuses on high-pressure, two-component foam. More than 3,000 people have participated in that health and safety online training program, the organization said.
The OSHA grant was awarded to the Research Foundation for Health and Environmental Effects (RFHEE), a non-profit organization established by ACC that supports joint research projects sponsored by industry, public agencies, academia and other foundations.
CPI, in partnership with RFHEE, will execute the project; CPI is providing 4% of the funding for the project, or $2,000.
“This grant will allow CPI to continue our ongoing product-stewardship activities around spray polyurethane foam products,” said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI. “The funds will increase the reach of our online health and safety program to include information for professionals using two-component, low-pressure foams and insulating foam sealant.”
More information: Center for the Polyurethanes Industry.