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15/01/2016

B&C workshop

The industry – expert B&C workshop organised by pinfa, Brussels, 3rd November 2015, brought together 60 specialists and industry leaders from Europe, Asia and North America, to discuss question...

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15/01/2016

Building fire safety challenges

Hans Beele, Beele Engineering (passive fire safety specialists), questioned the difference between what fire safety regulations require on paper and reality in installations, due to the gap between co...

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15/01/2016

Conclusions: need for action

Adrian Beard, pinfa Vice-Chairman (Clariant), summarised the workshop discussions. Further research and action is needed in the following areas: Need for better fire statistics, both to have reli...

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15/01/2016

Developments in PIN flame retardant technologies

Marianne Cochez, Université de Lorraine, France and José-Marie Lopez Cuesta, Ecole des Mines d’Alès, France, presented a range of developments in PIN flame retardant technologies. Technologies of...

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15/01/2016

Fires are fast and deadly

Anja Hofmann, BAM Germany, summarised lessons from full-scale fire tests and fire modelling. Full-scale building fire tests were carried out in 2014 by BAM with the Fire Services of Frankfurt (TIBRO p...

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15/01/2016

Health and environment

Frank Kuebart, eco-INSTITUT Germany, presented a comparison of criteria concerning flame retardants in 65 ecolabels and sustainability standards worldwide. Key health and environment criteria for flam...

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15/01/2016

INFLAME project

Stuart Harrad, University of Birmingham UK presented concerns about population exposure to flame retardants. Past-generation halogenated flame retardants (e.g. PBDEs, HBCD) have been found in human bl...

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15/01/2016

Need for reliable fire statistics

Dominique Parisse, Plastics Europe (and previously with the French State fire and safety services), further developed the current inadequacies of fire statistics in Europe. ISO 17755-2, under develop...

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15/01/2016

Responsible approach to flame retardant use

Michael Klimes, pinfa Chairman (Nabaltec), opened the meeting with the challenges faced by the fire safety sector today. The green awakening which started with Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” in...

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