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EPSA is the peak body for manufacturers of expanded polystyrene (EPS) in Australia.
Our sympathies go out to those impacted by the devastating building fire in the United Kingdom.
There have been some media reports suggesting polyurethane, polystyrene and even polyester was used in connection with this tragic event. This is not the case.
The manufacturer of the cladding used on the Grenfell Tower, Arconic has confirmed the product used was Reynobond PE and they have withdrawn this product from sale.
The companies’ statement with regard to the withdrawal from sale of Reynobond PE can be found here: https://www.arconic.com/global/en/news/news_detail.asp?pageID=20170626000415en&newsYear=2017
Details about Reynobond PE can be found here: https://www.arconic.com/aap/north_america/en/product.asp?cat_id=915&prod_id=1534
In simple terms, Reynobond PE contains a polyethylene core between two aluminium sheets, which has limited fire retardant qualities.
The polyethylene referred to in the reports bears no relationship to the EPS product manufactured by EPSA members.
Further, EPSA requires members to use flame retardant material in all expanded EPS products manufactured for the building industry.
For further information EPSA 03 6281 2320
EPSA’s response to The Good Guys issue:
Subject: Staff evacuated from The Good Guys, Ipswich, Queensland, having been overcome by fumes.
Reported: October 22nd 2016.
Assumption: The Fire Brigade incorrectly assumed that the fumes were emitted from expanded polystyrene packaging.
Outcome: The source of the fumes was found to be a burnt-out motor on the air conditioning system.
Statement: Properly cured expanded polystyrene is totally inert.
Emergency services were called to The Good Guys store at Ipswich, Queensland, when staff complained of being overcome by fumes.
Two people were hospitalised. The Scientific Unit attended to trace the cause of the problem. The QFE representative reported they had narrowed the cause down to “…polystyrene gassing off.”
This was a misinformed comment.
Upon checking later with The Good Guys management, we were advised it had nothing to do with the polystyrene packaging which had been part of their storage process for nine years.
The cause was traced to a burnt-out motor in their air conditioning system.
The smoke from the motor had filtered through their storage area affecting staff and product in said area.
Properly cured expanded polystyrene is totally inert.
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Expanded Polystyrene Australia
P: 03 6281 2320