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Nearly 2,000 People Have Successfully Completed Training since December Launch
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 4, 2011) – The Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Chemical Health and Safety Training, offered by the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council, now allows in-person instructors to register and manage their classes online. This new, automated system greatly facilitates the in-person instructor process, as becoming an instructor and managing classes previously had to be conducted manually and via paper forms.
The SPF Chemical Health and Safety Training, which is available at www.spraypolyurethane.org, launched in December 2010. Nearly 2,000 people have since successfully completed the program.
“In-person instruction is an important extension of the SPF Chemical Health and Safety Training, and now it’s easier than ever for instructors to register and access materials to teach a group of spray foam applicators in person. This online system streamlines the process of becoming an instructor and conducting training sessions. CPI made a commitment to continually enhance this training program, and we will offer additional resources in the future, such as a Spanish-language version,” said CPI Senior Director Lee Salamone.
In-person training benefits businesses who want their employees and contractors to complete spray foam health and safety training. It also makes the health and safety training more accessible to those who do not have ready access to the Internet.
To become an in-person instructor, you must first complete the online training and pass the program test with a score of 100 percent. With the new online system, instructors can create classes and register their students, view their class information and student rosters, and email their students.
The SPF Chemical Health and Safety Training program is an online program that trains those using high pressure SPF on good safety practices. As part of its commitment to education and safety, CPI offers this training free of charge. The online program takes about 1.5 - 2 hours to complete. At the end of the training, users successfully passing the test on the training material receive a “Recognition of Completion” form or a wallet-sized card, which are valid for two years.
A workgroup comprised of industry participants, including representatives from CPI and the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), developed the SPF Chemical Health and Safety Training, which is targeted to professionals in the building and construction industries. The training is comprised of 12 units, including information on SPF ingredients, safe practices, handling, and disposal of SPF, and safety control measures including engineering controls, work practices, and personal protective equipment (PPE).