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ACC and SPFA Announce New Panel Session on Spray Polyurethane Foam
The panel at CPI Conference will focus on health and safety issues; product stewardship

ARLINGTON, VA (September 2009) – CPI and the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance announce the addition of a new spray polyurethane foam critical issues panel discussion at the Polyurethanes 2009 Technical Conference.

The session, titled “The New Era of Spray Polyurethane Foam – Leading the Way in Product Stewardship,” will take place on October 6, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD (Washington, DC area). With a focus on health and safety issues, it will include industry and agency experts addressing emerging issues in the workplace (application) and topics of interest to consumers and those in the building and construction industry.

“We expect great interest in this new session,” says Neeva Gayle Candelori, Director, ACC Center for the Polyurethanes Industry. “As a key contributor to energy efficiency in homes and buildings, spray polyurethane foam is very relevant to our attendees. We’re looking forward to a dynamic dialogue between industry and agency participants.”

Topics to be discussed include training, hazard communication, and workplace practices for safe handling and use of spray polyurethane foam ingredients. Innovative technologies and practices to manage onsite exposures such as ventilation containment and personal protective equipment will also be addressed.

Panel Participants include:

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Polyurethane Industry Representatives

A question and answer session with the panel experts will follow the panel presentations.

CPI and the SFPA have joined forces to encourage the responsible product stewardship of spray polyurethane foam. To this end, they have launched a spray polyurethane foam health and safety web site at For general information about the many uses and benefits of spray polyurethane foam, visit the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) web site at

Registration for the Polyurethanes 2009 Technical Conference is still open. To register, go to, or call CPI at (703) 741-5131.

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 environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $689 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. 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 government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council promotes the sustainable growth of the polyurethane industry, by identifying and managing issues that could impact the industry, in cooperation with user groups. Its members include the nation’s leading producers and distributors of chemicals and equipment used to make polyurethane and manufacture polyurethane products. CPI provides a single, strong and credible voice to advocate on behalf of the interests of the U.S. polyurethanes industry. The business of polyurethanes is a $56.1 billion enterprise, supports about 220,000 jobs and a key element of the nation’s economy.

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