Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is a relatively new material used for insulating homes and buildings. The product is created by combining two toxic chemicals onsite and spraying the mixture into the attic or other areas of the building. Once applied, the foam expands and cures.
SPF installers wear hazmat suits due to the toxic nature of the chemicals. Yet homeowners and inhabitants are typically told that the SPF foam becomes safe and inert once applied. Recent developments indicate that may not be the case. SPF can become a hidden source of danger for homeowners and occupants. Foam installers are not always aware of the health rules that should be followed when applying the mixtures. And manufacturers are often lax in providing current information on the hazards of SPF as well as training installers on the proper application of the product.
The Health Impacts Of SPF Exposure
Increasingly, homeowners are reporting adverse health effects resulting from SPF insulation. Side effects from spray polyurethane foam insulation can include:
- Skin irritation
- Eye irritation
- Respiratory problems
- Neurological issues
Once someone becomes sensitized to the chemicals in SPF products, it can become extremely difficult to continue living in the home.
What Contributes To The Danger?
Due to its relatively new prevalence in the marketplace, the dangers of SPF are not yet fully understood. However, it is clear that improper mixing or installation of the material can cause odors and toxic fumes such as formaldehyde to build up over time.
In some cases, the contractors who applied the spray foam could be liable for negligently preparing or installing it. Additionally, SPF manufacturers often fail to give sufficient guidance to contractors regarding proper installation of the material. They may fail to provide adequate warnings about the health risks associated with SPF. Thus, it is possible to pursue a products liability claim against some SPF manufacturers as well as the installer.
Dedicated To Protecting Health And Safety
Cases involving SPF exposure are recent developments in the toxic torts field. At The Law Offices of John S. Wessler in South Lawrence, Massachusetts, we remain up to date on the latest legal and scientific developments impacting these cases. Our attorneys represent tenants, homeowners, workers and others who have suffered adverse health impacts as a result of SPF insulation.
We dedicate our practice to protecting the health and safety of the public. To that end, we immerse ourselves in the legal, scientific and medical aspects of the toxic torts field, including the hazards associated with SPF. Our attorneys draw on a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding housing-related health concerns.
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If you suspect you or a loved one may be suffering ill health effects as a result of SPF insulation, contact us to learn more about your rights and legal options. Call 978-689-3806 to arrange a free initial phone consultation. Our lawyers handle SPF exposure cases throughout New England. Hablamos español.