Is Spray Foam Toxic?
Most health and safety issues around spray foam insulation are linked directly to the quality of installation rather than the products themselves. Spray foam products are chemical compounds, and as such, require special handling from the preparation stage to the installation. And although there are clearly defined installation standards, not all installations are meeting those standards, let alone the manufacturer’s specifications. In short, a substandard application is problematic.
With spray foam insulation, health and safety regulations must be followed strictly, and without deviation. At minimum, installers must wear respirators, coveralls, eye protection, and gloves. It’s also critical to prepare the installation space properly, and ensure the safety of both workers and occupants. Finally, spray foam compounds must be prepared professionally, and by duly trained technicians – anything short of this poses health risks, even after the installation is complete.
Problems are bound to arise when spray foam insulation is improperly prepared or incorrectly installed. After all, these are chemical compounds, and must be handled professionally. This is not work for the inexperienced, and a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach is risky. A bad installation (even by a second-rate installer) will compromise product performance and affect long-term outcomes, not to mention the potential risks for the health and wellbeing or residents and/or occupants.
Throughout the spray foam industry, manufacturers and professionals have established rigorous standards, guidelines and criteria for handling and installing spray foam compounds. Failing to meet these yardsticks can pose dangers for both service providers and homeowners. At Great Northern Insulation, health and safety are primary to every spray foam project. Beyond a high standard of workmanship, GNI installers are trained by the manufacturer and certified to install.
GNI installers ensure that the work area is appropriately prepared; they wear approved personal protective equipment; and they work to code. Most importantly, they make sure to protect the personal health and safety of the homeowner.