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Icynene has been committed to the safe use of spray foam insulation chemistry for over 30 years.

In Canada, in cities like Mississauga and Halifax, there has been much controversy about the safety of spray foam insulation. We can't speak for other brands, but you should know that Icynene products have an excellent health and safety record, spanning more than 425,000 insulation projects, over more than 30 years.

Nonetheless, safe handling practices during and immediately following installation are required to eliminate the possibility of health effects from exposure to isocyanates. Asthma, other lung problems, and irritation of the nose and throat can result from inhalation of isocyanates. Direct contact with the skin and eyes can result in irritation. Different individuals will react differently to the same exposures; some will be more sensitive than others.

Icynene products have an excellent health and safety record spanning more than 425,000 insulation projects over more than 30 years. Nonetheless, safe handling practices during and immediately following installation are required to eliminate the possibility of health effects from exposure to isocyanates. Asthma, other lung problems, and irritation of the nose and throat can result from inhalation of isocyanates. Direct contact with the skin and eyes can result in irritation. Different individuals will react differently to the same exposures; some will be more sensitive than others.

Everyone (other than Icynene-certified spray technicians) must vacate the job site, remaining completely out of the building or at least 50 feet away, while the spray is applied and for at least 24 hours after spraying is completed to allow active ventilation of the job site and to ensure the foam chemicals are completely cured. No exceptions.

Independent studies indicate that with 24 hours’ active ventilation after spraying is completed, Icynene spray foam insulation is safely cured.

Read more about how Icynene is committed to the responsible use of spray foam for over 25 years.