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Nov 8, 2018
How Industrial Floor Coating Saves You Money

Oct 31, 2018
What Are The Benefits of Cement Floor Paint?

Oct 22, 2018
Non-Toxic Polyurethane for Electrical Potting

Sept 17, 2018
What is Non Toxic Flooring & is it Effective?

Sept 11, 2018
Polyurethane Toxic Properties and Their Effects

Aug 22, 2018
Why Choose Low VOC Polyurethane?

Aug 13, 2018
What is Low VOC Paint?

July 23, 2018
What is Eco Friendly Paint and Can It Do The Job?

July 9, 2018
Are Concrete Painted Floors Worth the Investment?

June 20, 2018
Dangers of VOC Paint - Are They Real?

June 11, 2018
What is The Best Non-Toxic Flooring?

June 7, 2018
What is the Best Paint for Concrete Floors?

May 29, 2018
How to Find the Best Garage Floor Coating

May 21, 2018
Is Polyurethane Toxic or Hazzardous To My Health?

May 8, 2018
Are You In Danger from Polyurethane Foam Toxic Substances?

April. 25, 2018
What is the Best Garage Floor Coating?

April. 3, 2018
The Importance of Factory Floor Paint for Your Business

March. 21, 2018
Why Epoxy Floor Paint Works Best for Your Particular Needs

Feb. 5, 2018
Does Your Business Need Non Toxic Commercial Floor Coatings?

Dec. 12, 2017
Learn How to Choose The Best Cement Floor Paint

Dec. 5, 2017
Is Polyurethane Safe? Learn Before You Buy!

Nov. 21, 2017
The Truth About Polyurethane Foam Toxicity

Nov. 14, 2017
Should You Buy No or Low VOC Paint? What’s Better For You? ?

Nov. 6, 2017
A Quick Guide to Concrete Coatings

Oct. 23, 2017
Polyurethane Finish Toxic or Toxin-Free

Oct. 16, 2017
How to Find the Right Industrial Floor Paint

Oct. 9, 2017
What is No VOC Paint?

Oct. 3, 2017
Industrial Floor Paint - What is The Best Choice?

Sept. 5, 2017
Non- Toxic Paints - Are They Really Non Toxic?

Aug. 5, 2017
Concrete Floor Paint Ideas

May. 30, 2017
Non Toxic Spray Foam

May. 25, 2017
Low VOC Concrete Sealer

May. 17, 2017
Low VOC Floor Paint

April. 24, 2017
Why Industrial Floor Paint is Important for Your Business

April. 11, 2017
How Commercial Floor Coating Lowers Expenditures in Your Business

March. 21, 2017
Floor Paints for Concrete - What Really Works?

March. 10, 2017
Polyurethane Foam Toxic?

March. 6, 2017
What is VOC Free Paint?

Feb. 20, 2017
Non Toxic Flooring Options

Feb. 9, 2017
Best Concrete Floor Paint

Jan. 23, 2017
How to Find the Right Non Toxic Wood Sealer

Jan. 10, 2017
Non Toxic Clear Coat - What is The Best?

Dec. 27, 2016
Best Polyurethane Sealer for Wood

Dec. 20, 2016
Is Polyurethane Foam Safe?

Nov. 30, 2016
Why VOC Free Paints & Floor Coatings Improve Indoor Air Quality

Nov. 11, 2016
Concrete Floor Coatings - Why Use Them?

Oct. 25, 2016
Why VOC Free Flooring Products Are Important for Your Business

Oct. 19, 2016
Benefits of Exterior Concrete Floor Paint

Oct. 11, 2016
Zero VOC Concrete Stain

Sept. 21, 2016
Warning of Potential Hazards of Polyurethane

Sept. 13, 2016
Safety of Polyurethane

Aug 26, 2016
Advantages of Green Concrete Paint

Aug 9, 2016
Non Toxic Polyurethane Alternatives in Industrial Flooring Becoming More Popular

Aug 4, 2016
Issues with Polyurethane Foam Toxic Substances

July 12, 2016
Concrete Floor Finish - Do You Need It?

June 23, 2016
Low VOC Paint

May 17, 2016
Concrete Floor Finishes

February 6, 2016
Concrete Paint – Non Toxic Floor Solutions

November 5, 2015
Non Toxic Paint

October 22, 2015
Painting Concrete Floors

September 9, 2015
Non Toxic Polyurethane

August 20, 2015
Industrial Concrete Floor Coatings

August 14, 2015
The Best Concrete Floor Paint

July 27, 2015
Concrete Floor Coatings - What Is The Best?

July 21, 2015
Еxterior Concrete Paint

June 29, 2015
Industrial Floor Coatings Suppliers

June 15, 2015
Industrial Protective Coatings

May 29, 2015
Polyurethane Floor Coating

May 26, 2015
Concrete Sealer

May 1, 2015
Garage Floor Coatings

April 22, 2015
Epoxy Reviews

April 15, 2015
Floor Sealers

March 13, 2015
Toxic Polyurethane

March 11, 2015
Non-Toxic Paint Solutions

March 7, 2015
New Non-Toxic Polyurethane Alternative Save Lives

March 3, 2015
Industrial Floor Coatings - Are They Toxic?

Feb 12, 2015
Dangers of Polyurethane

Jan 9, 2015
Non-toxic Floor Sealers

Nov 11, 2014
Dangers of Isocyanates

March 10, 2014
Industrial Floor Coatings – Is greener better for customers?

Dec 11, 2013
Non toxic Polyurethane – A Good Solution for Industrial Floor Coatings?

July 9, 2013
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June 26, 2013
Polyurethane... As Toxic as Tear Gas?

May 29, 2013
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Feb 22, 2013
Dangers of Toxic Isocyanates

Jan 8, 2013
Greener Solutions for the Polyurethane Industry

Dec 2, 2012
Industrial Coatings - Is All Polyurethane Toxic?

ARTICLES / DANGERS OF ISOCYANATES

Non-Toxic Polyurethane for Electrical Potting

8/22/18

Polyurethane is a product that is used in many applications, from electrical potting that covers electrical systems to floor coatings to foam for couches, chairs, and bedding. Understanding what is polyurethane will help in your decision-making process of whether you should purchase products that contain this ingredient for you home or office.

Formed by a reaction of a polyol, which is an alcohol that contains two or more hydroxyl groups in each molecule, with a polymeric isocyanate or diisocyanate within suitable catalysts, this substance offers a wide-variety of uses thanks to its inherent strength, flexibility, and versatility. The different types of polyurethane include the following products that are found in the home, office, or facility.

  • Electrical Potting
  • Flexible and Rigid Foam
  • Sealants, Coatings, and Adhesives
  • Thermoplastic
  • Binders
  • Reaction Injection Molding
  • Waterborne Polyurethane Dispersions

You can find polyurethane in many different products, including fashion, appliances, construction, electronics, composite wood, furnishings, flooring, medical, packaging, marine, and more.
Polyurethane adds strength and flexibility to the materials used to make different products and applications. Its discovery and use has revolutionized several industries as it provides additional strength, durability, and flexibility for very little cost.

Dangers

Although widely used since it was developed during World War II as a replacement for rubber, polyurethane has created health issues for those who breathe in the fumes created when the product is being applied. Or, when it is released into the air because of heat or a fire.
Polyurethane contains a resin with isocyanates or volatile organic compounds (VOC) that may do damage to the respiratory system when inhaled. This can occur when floor coatings that use polyurethane are being applied wet, releasing the toxins into the atmosphere or when on fire, such as cushions that have been ignited.

The health issues that are associated with inhaling VOCs from polyurethane products include, but are not limited, to the following;

  • Eye and throat irritation
  • Headaches, nausea, and vomiting
  • Coughing, shortness of breath, and causing asthma attacks

Children, the elderly, and those with respiratory issues are more susceptible to the toxicity of polyurethane when released into the atmosphere. Recent studies have shown that years after application, polyurethane is still released into the atmosphere. Although the amount of polyurethane being released is small, it can build up over time indoors and create respiratory issues.

Alternatives
Despite the prevalence of polyurethane, there are many alternative products available that provide strength, durability, and flexibility without the VOCs. This means that you can purchase electrical potting compounds, floor coatings, paints, and sealants which have little to no volatile organic chemicals that can cause respiratory issues.

Once you know the realities of polyurethane’s toxic nature you can make the best-informed decision about what products you want to put into your home, office, or facility. While some products that incorporate polyurethane may seem safe, because the toxins can be released into the atmosphere during application, heat, or fire, you should consider the consequences and alternative products that are safe to use such as Hybrid Coatings Green Coatings.   For more info click HERE for a free estimate of your next project.

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