Silicone is an extremely temperature resistant material, able to withstand both very high and very low temperatures plus it has excellent electrical conductivity. Silicone sheeting also benefits from these properties as well as a high tear resistance, tensile strength, low smoke emissions and flame retardant in certain grades. These characteristics have made silicone sheeting an ideal choice for the electronics, car, food, medical and electrical industries.
However, despite silicone sheeting’s excellent qualities, you may also want to know if it is safe to use. If so, take a look below.
Classed as ‘Not Hazardous’ according to the European Union’s Council Directive 88/379/EEC, silicone sheeting does not require gloves or respiratory equipment when being handled. it should be stored at an ambient temperature and atmospheric pressure in a dry environment. If at all possible, silicone sheeting should be kept in its original packaging and out of direct sunlight.
When handling silicone sheets no first aid is required if parts of the material are inhaled. This is also the case if the silicone comes into contact with the eyes, the skin or even if it is ingested.
The only time when silicone sheeting may cause a health risk is when the material is exposed to fire. If the material is burnt, the product may emit formaldehyde vapours. However, the gases given off from burning silicone do not contain more than 0.05% chlorine.
To extinguish burning silicone sheeting, one should use foam, dry powder, carbon dioxide or a fine water spray. Protective clothing should be worn when attempting to put out the fire.