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ARTICLES / DANGERS OF ISOCYANATES

The Truth About Polyurethane Foam Toxicity

11/21/17

One of the most common materials used in a wide variety of applications is polyurethane-based foam products. In fact, many of the products in your home from the foam used in cushions to packaging materials to paints that are on the walls, may have polyurethane incorporated into them.  

Over the years, polyurethane has become extremely popular in both residential and commercial use, but recently there have been concerns over polyurethane foam toxicity levels that has raised concerns from the medical community. With more studies revealing the dangers of being exposed to this material, there are companies stepping up to provide alternatives.

Toxicity Levels in Polyurethane
Being an oil-based product, polyurethane offers several strong selling points starting with its elasticity, durability, and inherent strength. It’s also quite versatile and plentiful which means that it can be used in many different products.  To top it off it’s inexpensive which makes it highly desirable. However, because of its nature, this product contains Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which have proven to be dangerous to humans.

VOCs affect the health of individuals who are exposed to high amounts over a short period or low amounts over a long period. Until recently, it was believed that when the polyurethane was dry, the VOCs were trapped inside and presented no danger. However, recent studies have revealed that the VOCs continue to be released in low amounts over time.

The dangers of polyurethane foam toxicity levels are well known if the product itself catches on fire. The heat and destruction the fire causes releases a considerable amount of VOCs along with other toxic materials into the air. Those who may be fortunate enough to get out of the fire may suffer from debilitating respiratory issues along with other health complications for years to come because of such exposure.

However, long term exposure to low amounts of VOCs also produces harmful health effects, most notably in those who have respiratory issues such as asthma. It may also cause allergic reactions that may be misjudged as coming from other sources. For those who are more susceptible, such as seniors and infants, the threat to their health is even greater.

The reason why toxicity levels are a concern is because the air indoors does not circulate compared to being outdoors. This means that the low levels of VOCs that are released stay in the air for days, months, and even years. When combined with other indoor air pollutants, it creates an atmosphere that becomes even more harmful to people.

Alternatives to Traditional Polyurethane
If you want to know more about polyurethane foam toxicity and products that remove that threat from their products, Hybrid Coating Technologies (HCT) has created some of the most remarkable technologies available.  With it’s flagship “Green Polyurethane,” HCT offers hybrid polyurethane products that combine all the positive elements of this material, including its inherent strength, durability, and elasticity while eliminating the toxic elements, namely the VOCs.

Additionally HCT offers their safe, green products at low, competitive prices so you can afford to protect your property without unnecessary exposure to toxic elements. Get a free quote today.

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