Styrene is the molecular building block of polystyrene, a plastic used in expanded polystyrene (EPS) and extruded polystyrene (XPS), both types of foam insulation.
How can this chemical affect my health?
Acute (Short Term) Effects
Chronic (Long Term) Effects
What are safer alternatives?
- GOOD – Only use EPS and XPS for below grade applications, which virtually eliminates exposure to off-gassing.
- BETTER – No option available.
- BEST – Consider other forms of insulation, such as cellular glass or rigid mineral wool.
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.