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June 24, 2021

Product sustainability and fire safety

Can flame-retardant materials be Safe and Sustainable by Design ? Is fire safety an essential use ? Interactive discussion with the European Commission, EU experts, OEMs, Plastics Europe, NGOs.

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EU Zero Pollution Action Plan published

This confirms the Green Deal’s targeting of endocrine disruptors, persistent and hazardous chemicals.

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Swedish chemicals tax proposed changes

Swedish authorities publish proposals to take into account flame retardant safety properties based on assessments.

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Safe and Sustainable-by-Design (SSbD)

For chemicals, the EU emphasises safer plastic additives, product performance, recycling, harmonised approaches. A number of recent European Commission publications and workshops address the objective of “safe and sustainable by design” fixed by the new EU Chemicals Strategy.

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UK Fire Safety Act 2021

New regulation, following the Grenfell catastrophe, extends fire safety obligations but leaves unclear who will pay the costs.

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Ballymore UK£ 20 m for fire safety

UK property developer Ballymore has announced a UK£ 20 million fund for replacing flammable ACM cladding (aluminium composite material).

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Fire safety of photovoltaic systems

Review shows significant numbers of fires in PV on buildings, but inadequate reporting and poor data on fire and smoke risks. Over 300 publications on PV fire safety were reviewed.

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Updated EU railway fire standard published

A new version EN 45545-2-2020 of the European railway materials fire safety standard is published.

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Freight ship fire standards

Safety investigator calls for new fire resistance requirements for conveyor belts in bulk transport ships.

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Covid oxygen fire risks in hospitals

The EU (JRC) documents increased fire risk in hospitals linked to Covid oxygen use, with 36 hospital fires worldwide.

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Superior surface quality PIN FR polyamide

Asahi Kasei has launched PIN flame retardant (FR) and glass-fibre reinforced semi-aromatic polyamides.

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PIN FR labels for fire-safe electronics

Polyonics continues to improve its non-halogen flame-resistant labels for miniature, high-power electronics.

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High temperature PIN FR 3D-printing resin

3D Systems has launched a new PIN FR resin for high accuracy parts for aerospace, automotive, defence, electronics.

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Teknor Apex recognised UL “halogen-free”

The global custom compounder Teknor Apex now has fifteen grades recognised UL AATJ2 low-smoke halogen free FR.

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GreenScreen Assessment Registry

Clean Production Action has launched a Registry of chemicals for which a GreenScreen assessment has been carried out.

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Increasing demand for HFFR in cables

Compounding World magazine points to PIN FRs as key innovation driver in cables, with processing and crosslinking.

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Mechanisms of nitrogen FRs in PUF

A review of PIN FRs for polyurethane foams notes the synergy of N and P FRs as an “eco-friendly”, low smoke solution.

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NIST fire calorimetry database

US National Fire Research Laboratory has launched a publicly accessible database of nearly 400 fire test results.

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Testing metal hypophosphite PIN FRs

An aluminium hypophosphite showed better overall performance in PA66 than magnesium or zinc hypophosphites.

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Oligomeric aluminium phosphonate

Branched oligomeric PIN FR shows flame retardant and smoke suppression, smoke toxicity reduction in epoxy.

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Biobased, hyperbranched PIN FR

Biobased itaconic anhydride (ITA), combined with DOPO, generated a polymeric P FR showed to be effective in epoxy.

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DOPO as a reactive PIN FR for epoxy

Two phosphorus compounds (DOPO, BICP) combine to cure epoxy, resulting in fire resistance and reduced smoke.

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Bio-based PIN FR for wood fibre materials

Wheat starch modified with P and N showed to be an effective FR for wood fibres and industrially processable. Wood fibres are widely used in heat and sound insulation materials, and are recyclable, compostable and non-toxic, but are flammable.

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Complexity of neurodevelopmental toxicity assessment.

Fifteen brominated, chlorinated or phosphate ester flame retardants were tested using a battery of 22 different in vitro neurodevelopmental endpoint tests.

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