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. Over the years, most of SIRC’s resources have been invested in scientific research on the potential human health and environmental effects of styrene and ethylbenzene.
Headquartered in the Washington, D.C., region, SIRC was formed in 1987 as the principal focal point for public information and research on styrene. SIRC is a nonprofit organization consisting of voting member companies involved in the manufacturing or processing of styrene, associate member companies that fabricate styrene-based products, and international members. The organization conducts research on the health effects of styrene monomer and ethylbenzene. SIRC does not maintain or distribute information on products, purchasing, or processing.
Collectively, SIRC’s membership represents the majority of the North American styrene industry.
Styrene Information & Research Center
400 E. Joppa Rd., Suite 108
Towson, MD 21286
SIRC’s mission is the collection, development, analysis, and communication of pertinent information on the potential human health and environmental effects of styrene and ethylbenzene.
The organization’s principal objectives are:
Develop evidence-based medical, scientific, and technical information to guide industry and federal/state regulators on health and environmental issues associated with styrene and ethylbenzene.
Communicate this information effectively to federal, state, and local officials, plant managers, employees, communities, and the news media.
Promote evidence-based regulation of styrene by federal and state authorities.