Proper Safety Equipment When Using Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation is a great way to improve the energy efficiency of your home or other building. The spray foam is a great method of soundproofing a space and will keep your heating and cooling bills down. The chemical composition of this type of insulation consists of compounds that, when exposed to air and space, expand into all the nooks and crannies of your surfaces to be insulated. There are dangers involved in the do it yourself installation of foam insulation.

Protective Gear

Full body coveralls to keep the chemicals from touching your skin are necessary as well as vinyl gloves to protect your hands. Many spray foam insulations are inhalants which means that if you breathe in the fumes you can get dizzy, feel incapacitated or even, in extreme cases, contract diseases that can cause death. With this in mind, a proper respiration system is also a very necessary device. 


There are a few respirators on the market, each will help you to breathe easily when installing spray foam insulation. Built small with a single intake and two exhale compartments, much like a gas mask used by the military but not as bulky or cumbersome, they come with filters that can be replaced once they are clogged.

Other Safety Items

In addition to respiration and body protection, make sure you have adequate eye protection. Goggles with rubber seal to keep the fumes and any spray out of your eyes is imperative. Respect the materials you are working with, and be sure to work safely so the job will be productive and safe for all.