Arlington, Virginia - The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry and the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance are to hold a panel discussion on spray polyurethane foam -- focused on health and safety issues -- at the Polyurethanes 2009 Technical Conference, being held 5-7 Oct in Washington DC.
"Given the role of spray polyurethane foam as a key contributor to energy efficiency in homes and buildings, we expect great interest in this session, said Neeva-Gayle Candelori, CPI director, in a 21 Sept announcement.
The new session, titled 'The New Era of Spray Polyurethane Foam - Leading the Way in Product Stewardship,' will see industry and agency experts addressing emerging issues in the workplace (on SPF application), as well as issues of interest to the building and construction industry and to consumers.
CPI said topics to be discussed include training, hazard communication, and workplace practices for safe handling and use of spray polyurethane foam ingredients, including selection of appropriate personal protective equipment. A question and answer session with the panel experts will follow the panel presentations.
"We expect a dynamic dialogue between industry and agency participants including innovative technologies and practices to manage onsite exposures such as ventilation containment and personal protective equipment," said Candelori.
Panel participants for the session, to be held 2.00-5.00pm the afternoon of Tuesday 6 Oct, include:
• US Environmental Protection Agency
• US Occupational Safety and Health Administration
• US Consumer Product Safety Commission
• National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
• Polyurethane industry representatives
According to the CPI, all those with an interest in spray polyurethane foam should attend. The CPI meeting is being held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland (Washington, DC area).