In North America, the Styrene Information & Research Center (SIRC) serves as a resource for industry, federal and state governments, and international agencies on issues related to the potential impact of exposure to styrene on human health and the environment.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., SIRC was formed in 1987 as the principal focal point for public information and research on styrene. SIRC is a non-profit organization consisting of voting member companies involved in the manufacturing or processing of styrene, and associate member companies that fabricate styrene-based products. Collectively, SIRC’s membership represents approximately 95% of the North American styrene industry.
Styrene ['stī-,rēn] is a clear, colorless liquid that is synthesized for commercial use from petroleum and natural gas by-products. Styrene also occurs naturally in the environment and is an inherent component in small concentrations of many commonly-consumed foods and beverages, such as coffee, strawberries, and cinnamon.
Styrene is an essential component of materials used to make thousands of remarkably strong, flexible, and light-weight products for home, school, work, and play. These products range from convenient food containers and protective packaging materials to computer housings; consumer electronics; medical applications; components for automobiles, trucks, trains, boats, aircraft and other means of transport; wind-energy parts; construction and water treatment products; building insulation; military personnel and vehicle armor; ballistic protection; fuel cells; gasoline and other storage tanks; protective sports gear, such as bicycle helmets; and many other important items. Styrene production and the manufacture of products derived from styrene represent an economically important part of the U.S. economy and these products enhance quality of life by providing improved energy efficiency, performance and cost efficiencies.
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Much of SIRC’s work has focused on addressing styrene’s carcinogenic potential; researchers also have investigated styrene’s potential neurotoxicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, mutagenicity, and genotoxicity.