Since the beginning of 2018, several US states have introduced bills to restrict the use of flame retardants in a wide variety of consumer products. The scope of the legislation is dependent upon the state
States with new bills are:
- California – juvenile products, mattresses and upholstered or reupholstered furniture
- Connecticut - children’s products and upholstered residential furniture
- Indiana – mattresses, mattress pads and upholstered furniture
- Maryland – childcare products for children under the age of 12
- New Hampshire – upholstered furniture
- New Jersey – children’s products and upholstered furniture
- New York – childcare products for children aged three or younger
- Virginia – children’s products and upholstered furniture
- Washington – children’s products, electronic enclosures, mattresses and residential upholstered furniture
Additive flame retardants (additive-FRs) are non-chemically binding substances that are added to materials such as plastics, foams and textiles to prevent or limit the spread of fire. These materials can be found in a number of products, such as bedding, childcare articles, clothing, electrical and electronic equipment, furniture, mattresses, paints/coatings and residential textiles.
Each bill defines the FRs that are covered by the regulations. These range from general FR chemicals and mixtures to specifically named substances, including Deca-BDE, HBCD, TBBPA, TCEP, TDCPP and organohalogen flame retardants. To see which FRs are covered and the bill’s effective date by state, view our original Safeguard 031/18.
FRs have been regularly targeted over the last few years due to their toxicity effects and negative impact on the environment. The Federal Government, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, San Francisco (California), Vermont, Washington and Washington D.C. have all introduced measures to restrict their use and, as with the 2018 bills, these are specific in scope depending on the jurisdiction. In addition, Maine, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington also require disclosure information on some flame retardants in certain children’s products.
The first bill would come into effect on July 1, 2018. Stakeholders are advised to now check their products comply with the latest regulations concerning FRs in consumer products offered for sale in the US.
SGS Consumer Products Services
Throughout a global network of laboratories, SGS are able to provide a range of services, including analytical testing and consultancy for flame retardants in consumer products for the US and international markets. Learn more about SGS’s Consumer Products Services.
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