Links that are mainly from government agencies.
Because of my exposure to Styrofoam food containers and the health risks I learned from these government sites I decided to do an experiment to see just how much Styrene and Benzene was being leeched into the air and into our food from these Styrofoam food containers.
So I built a 4' by 4' by 8' box and half filled it with Styrofoam food containers witch I bought at Ginsberg's Institutional Foods Inc. on Rt 66 in Hudson NY (These are the same Styrofoam food trays that restaurants and schools use). I left these trays in the box for two days because the Styrofoam food containers I hauled (for WR Grace) were in the trailer for an average of two days.
I then used the test equipment I received from Galson Laboratories. I did a TWO part test that tested for both Benzene and Styrene.
Day two was overcast and the temperature in the box was 88 degrees F. The results can be viewed from this link.
Day three, the sun was out shining on the box and the temperature got to 116.4 inside the box and the results can be viewed from this link.
I made a documentary of this experiment which can be viewed in Quicktime in the near future.
Styrofoam is part of the polystyrene family.
In all studies conducted by the government these points are common:
The affects of styrene poisoning are:
How might I be exposed to styrene?
Although, these government studies say there is no HUMAN studies done; I found this very lengthily study done by NIOSH Criteria Documents Exposure to Styrene. If you have visited the government links provided; here are two questions to ask your self and your representatives:
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