Answers to Spray Foam Health and Safety Questions for Workers and Homeowners

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) is a spray-applied product widely used to insulate buildings and seal cracks and gaps, improving energy efficiency and home comfort. If you’ve ever seen a video clip of SPF being installed, you know why it is the product of choice for so many professionals. It reacts quickly, fills the wall cavities and seals gaps, and delivers great value. Because it is applied on site, we get questions from builders and homeowners and others interested in this one-step product to seal and insulate.

The American Chemistry Council’s Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) is a leader in research and product stewardship efforts to provide information to workers and homeowners about SPF. CPI’s Spray Foam Coalition recently published an easy-to-understand document called: High Pressure SPF Insulation in New Home Construction and Retrofit Applications: Worker and Homeowner Health and Safety Information. The document outlines the many years of research conducted on SPF, provides and overview of industry practices for workers, and helps answer questions in a concise and simple manner that builders, workers and homeowners might have about the chemicals used in SPF. The document describes how SPF works and provides guidance on determining when people can go back to a space that has been sprayed. The document also reminds builders and homeowners about maintaining proper mechanical ventilation in a home that no longer has energy-wasting air leaks or poor insulation.

It is important that builders, workers, and homeowners be educated and prepared regarding the use of SPF. To download your copy today of the white paper, click here and additional health and safety resources can be found at If you would like to learn more about SPF, visit for more information.