Spray foam safety is not just about the practices you use during application. It's also about the written records and materials that you keep. In order to ensure the safety of your workers and anyone else on the construction site, there are a few written materials you absolutely must have on hand:
Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for every chemical that your business uses must be kept on hand in the workplace. Employees must be able to access these sheets, which contain information regarding the safe handling of the specific chemicals, and how to handle an emergency or incident involving that chemical. Many SDS sheets are now available online, so workers can access them remotely. However, you should still have paper copies in your office or on work trucks.
Chemical "Hazard Communication" Labels
Every chemical container must have a hazard communication label, according to OSHA regulations. Many containers are shipped with these labels, but if you happen to receive a container that is not labeled, you must fill out and attach the label. These labels include specific precautions to take with the chemical, the fill weight and expiration date, and supplier information.
Employee Training Materials
OSHA requires that employees receive hazard training upon initial assessment. This training must be understandable to the employee and should involve an on-site test. In order to ensure your employees all receive the required training in a uniform manner, it's important to keep training materials on paper, and to also keep records of your training, so you know which employees have been properly trained and how their assessments turned out.
To learn more about spray foam safety and our training programs for applicators, visit the NCFI website. We offer comprehensive certification programs and on-going educational opportunities for spray foam applicators.