Styrofoam Safety

On this page I just want to touch on the safety aspect of working with Blue Foam (Styrofoam).  I feel it is often ignored on sites I have visited and think it is something that people should take notice of.  I must stress that these precautions are recommended for any type of foam or plastic and is not restricted to Styrofoam.

Styrofoam, whilst a wonderful material to work with, must be used with a certain amount of care (As is the case with any type of foam or Styrene based product).  I do not wish to labour the point here but suffice to say there are certain precautions you should take when cutting or shaping it.

We recommend buying yourself a half face mask (or respirator) and protective glasses at a bare minimum.  These items come in a variety of types and the one you choose should be based on the way you wish to work with the foam.

We like to cut the Blue Foam with a hot wire.  When we are cutting we make sure we do it in a well ventilated area and wear a respirator with a filter capable of filtering out the toxic chemicals produced by melting the foam. We also wear sealed goggles.

If you wish to sand or cut the foam I suggest you use a mask capable of filtering out fine particles as it is not recommended to breathe them in.

There is no one product that I could suggest you buy as I do not know how you intend to use the foam but I ask you to please do a bit of research into what measures you need to take to protect yourself.  A simple google search should give you the answers you need.

The brand of foam we sell is ‘DOW Styrofoam LBH’.