Ethanolamine is used as a blowing agent to increase the stability of spray polyurethane foam (SPF).
How can this chemical affect my health?
Acute (Short Term) Effects
Chronic (Long Term) Effects
What are safer alternatives?
- GOOD – Exposure occurs during installation and curing, so remain outside the home during that time.
- BETTER – Use in limited circumstances where SPF is the only viable option, such as uneven interior foundation walls
- BEST – Consider other types of insulation, such as formaldehyde free mineral wool or fiberglass, cellulose, sheep’s wool, cotton or cementitous foam.
+ Other chemicals in SPF cannot be avoided simply by waiting for insulation to cure, so consider all aspects before deciding to use SPF.
Effects detailed above can occur at various stages of the product’s lifetime, not just during usage. All have been included to provide a complete picture of the chemical’s danger.