Center for the Polyurethanes Industry to Develop New SPF Training & Education Program

CPI Vert[4]

Marie Francis


Center for the Polyurethanes Industry to Develop New SPF Training and Education Program with $48,000 Grant

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 22, 2011) – The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) today announced that it will develop a new training and education program for use by employers and workers using low-pressure spray polyurethane foam (SPF) thanks to a $48,000 grant from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

 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, was awarded the $48,000 grant through OSHA’s Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. CPI, in partnership with RFHEE, will execute the project. The $48,000 in federal funds provides for 96 percent of the $50,000 budget for the new low-pressure training program; CPI will provide the remaining four percent, or $2,000.

“This grant will allow CPI to continue our ongoing product stewardship activities around spray polyurethane foam products. 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,” said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI. “We are pleased the grant proposal was selected and look forward to starting this new project.”

With the grant, CPI will develop an online training program targeted to weatherization professionals about hazard considerations related to SPF. This new 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 popular 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 Susan Harwood Training Grant Program provides funds to train and to educate workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces, and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the OSH Act. Since 1978, over 1.8 million workers have been trained through this program.

# # #

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care® , common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and enviromental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $720 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's ecomony. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with governmernt agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council promotes the sustainable growth of the polyurethanes industry. Our members are U.S. producers or distributors of chemicals and equipment used to make polyurethane or manufacturers of polyurethane products.

The Research Foundation for Health and Evironmental Effects (RFHEE) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization established by the American Chemistry Council. RFHEE works to address uncertainties and answer questions on health and enviromental issues related to the production and use of chlorine chemistry. RFHEE works with industry, public agencies, academia, and other foundations on projects that will furnish crucial information, peer-reviewed scientific research, expert panels, and workshops that will provide information for public policy.

SPFA believes that the path to a healthful, safe, high-quality and performing SPF installation travels through the hands of a knowledgeable, trained, experienced, and ideally PCP-certified professional contractor.