NEWS

06/09/2019

UK Parliament report on “Toxic Chemicals”

The UK Parliament (Environmental Audit Committee) has published its report on “Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Life”, following a Parliamentary public enquiry process (see pinfa Newsletter n°102).

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06/09/2019

UK Government Advice on HPL claddings

The UK Government has issued an official “Advice Note” to building owners concerned by HPL (high pressure laminate) panels in external wall systems, to be read in complement to the December 2018 Advice Note on panel systems.

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06/09/2019

Queensland State to ban “flammable cladding”

The Government of Queensland State, Australia, has announced that it will regulate to ban “flammable cladding” on all new buildings.

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06/09/2019

Scotland updates to building fire regulations

The Scottish Government has published updates to building standards, applicable for building work permitted or starting after 1/10/2019, including significant new requirements for fire safety.

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06/09/2019

ECHA delays restriction on chlorinated P-ester FRs

The European Chemical Agency, ECHA, has “withdrawn” a proposal to restrict the use of chlorinated phosphorus ester flame retardants (TCEP, TCPP and TDCP, and a mixture of these) in flexible polyurethane foams (PUR) in certain products (see pinfa Newsletter n°92).

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06/09/2019

Google commits to use “safer flame retardants” by 2023

Google’s new report “A circular Google in a sustainable world” states as a mission “To accelerate the transition to a circular economy in which business creates environmental, economic, and community value through the maximum reuse of finite resources”.

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06/09/2019

Room tests show UK furniture regulations effective

Nine full-scale furnished room fire tests were carried out with furniture corresponding to current UK, French and US fire safety requirements. The UK Furniture Fire Safety Regulation require both smoulder and open flame fire resistance whereas France (EN 1021-1) and the US (current California TB117-2013) require smouldering cigarette resistance only.

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06/09/2019

Media recognise value of FRs in protecting cars

Fox2, USA, has published a story warning the public that a water bottle left in a car in the sun can be a fire risk. The article quotes however the Getty Conservation Institute: “seats are designed to be fire-retardant and self-extinguishing, thus your car seat is more likely just have a burned hole in it than to actually catch fire.

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06/09/2019

Fires starting in furniture cause 14% of fire deaths

A study of fire statistics in Massachusetts 2003-2016 shows that fires involving furniture caused 14% of all residential fire deaths. Data was assessed from 158 862 residential fires reported as causing human or monetary damage. Fires with no information on fire cause and intentional fires were excluded, leaving 34 081 fires analysed.

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