EPS contains small residual amounts of Pentane and Styrene Monomer.
When forming, cutting or shaping EPS, care must be taken to avoid ignition by burning or hot wire cutting methods.
During hot wire cutting, adequate ventilation must be provided to prevent respiratory tract and eye irritation that may be caused by fumes which could be generated.
Where considerable dust is generated by sawing or grinding, suitable dust extraction must be provided or dust masks worn to prevent inhalation of dust.
When cutting EPS with automatic saws or knives, there is a possibility of the build-up of static electricity. This equipment must be properly grounded.