NEWS

02/12/2019

EU ban on halogenated FRs in electronic display parts

The new EU Ecodesign Regulation requirements for electronic displays are now published, banning halogenated flame retardants in the enclosure and stand of all electronic displays, monitors and televisions, from 1st March 2021.

READ MORE
02/12/2019

Washington State consults on priority chemicals

Washington State has invited public comment on the five “priority chemical classes” identified in the State’s new law RCW 70.365 “Safer Products for Washington” adopted Spring 2019 (Senate Bill 5135).

READ MORE
02/12/2019

US CPSC takes no decision on open flame testing

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the body which can fix federal product safety standards, has been discussing and studying a possible federal open flame fire safety requirement for furniture for 25 years, after granting a petition from the US National Association of Fire Safety Marshalls in 1994.

READ MORE
02/12/2019

New Hampshire bans all FRs in furniture

The State of New Hampshire has adopted a bill (SB193) banning the sale of furniture which contains > 0.1% “flame retardants” in its covering or cushioning.

READ MORE
02/12/2019

UK buildings failing fire safety tests

An estimated 1 700 buildings in the UK (hospitals, schools, high-rise flats …) may be “at risk” because cladding and construction materials pose fire risks.

READ MORE
02/12/2019

Whirlpool dryer fire recall

Whirlpool is being obliged to recall further clothes dryers, because in the machines as sold, fluff can accumulated and then enter into contact with the heating element.

READ MORE
02/12/2019

Grenfell law suit cites Whirlpool, Arconic, Celotex

Associated Press reports that nearly 250 survivors and families of victims’ of the Grenfell tower fire have filed legal action in Philadelphia, citing Whirlpool (the manufacturer of the Hotpoint model fridge-freezer which is indicated to have started the fire, and which contained flammable insulation foam, see pinfa Newsletter n°94), cladding manufacturer Arconic and insulation manufacturer Celotex (part of Saint Gobain group). Both the cladding and the insulation product have since been taken off the market.

READ MORE
02/12/2019

Fire losses in the USA in 2018

The US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has published its annual report on fire losses, showing that 1.3 million fires were reported by fire departments in the USA in 2018, resulting in over 3 600 civilian deaths, 15 200 civilian injuries and US$ 25 billion property loss.

READ MORE
02/12/2019

34 dead in California diving boat fire

33 passengers and one crew member died in a fire on the 23-metre commercial scuba-diving boat Conception (Truth Aquatics Inc.), which was anchored off Santa Cruz Island, California, 3rd September 2019.

READ MORE
1 2 3 146