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September 15, 2020

EU project on fire safety statistics

Pilot project on fire data launched after European Parliament vote will prepare EU initiatives on fire safety.

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pinfa-NA update on regulatory trends

Flame retardant solutions are needed which combine fire safety with chemical safety for health.

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1 billion UK£ to replace unsafe cladding

The UK government has now allocated 1.6 billion UK£ to remove non fire-safe cladding materials from buildings.

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UK regulation on combustible cladding

Legislation to extend ban on combustible cladding materials for buildings is moving towards adoption in the UK.

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New UK cladding fire tests

BSI has published revised test methods for fire performance of building external cladding materials (BS 7414).

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Vape leads to fire death

A man died in a house fire in Florida caused by the lithium ion battery of a vape device.

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Fast growth of façade fires

The frequency of façade fires in large buildings has grown seven times over the last 30 years.

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Amazon warehouse fire Redlands

A fire destroyed 55 000 m2 of Amazon warehouse, Redlands, California, June 5th with millions of dollars damages.

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City shuttle bus fire closes Paris-Orly airport

Outside a terminal, the bus rapidly engulfed in flames and the, airport had to be evacuated, again showing the inadequacy of bus fire safety standards.

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Nantes cathedral fire

The fire which destroyed the historic organ of Nantes Cathedral, France, 18th July, was arson

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British animal fire pranks

Firefighters were called to a farm in Yorkshire, UK, May 2020, to save the bacon.

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PIN FR polyamide for 3D-printing

Lehmann&Voss launches a ceramic-filled polyamide for high-temperature extrusion printing, offering UL94-V0 @ 0.4 mm.

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PIN FR cable for railway

SAB Bröckskes launches high-flexibility EN 45545 cable to Hazard Level HL 1 - 3 for railway applications.

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PIN FR optic hybrid HDMI cables

ProCo Sound, part of ACT/RHC, launches zero halogen, low smoke, high performance, S-locking video cables.

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New P-FR for flexible polyurethane foam

BDMMP, a liquid, phosphorus-based PIN flame retardant shows fire performance, heat ageing and migration resistance.

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July 6, 2020

pinfa vision for tomorrow

Despite the current challenges, there seem to be opportunities for fire safety with safety awareness, home working, growth of IT and reshoring of plastics supply chains.

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Euralarm calls for safety in EU recovery plan

The EU’s recovery plan building “renovation wave” should include the update of fire safety and security installations.

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EU public consultation on CPR

A public consultation is open to 19th August on revision of the EU Construction Products Regulation.

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EU ‘Renovation Wave’ public consultation

A public consultation is open to 9th July on the EU Green Deal building energy efficiency initiative “Renovation Wave”.

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GPP consultation computers – smartphones

Update to EU Green Public Purchasing proposes to exclude halogenated FRs and promote alternatives assessments.

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EU to identify product groups for Ecodesign

The European Commission has launched a study and consultation to identify product groups for new Ecodesign criteria. The study will run to December 2020. A stakeholder webinar is set (10th July AM, re...

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New RoHS exclusions of halogenated FRs?

Progress towards RoHS restrictions on further halogenated FRs (MCCPs, TBBPA) and antimony (ATO) in electrical and electronic equipment (E&E).

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Study on Ecodesign of smart phones

The EU is inviting input to a preparatory study, to run to February 2021, on Ecodesign of mobile phones, tablets and cordless landlines.

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New electrical vehicle standards in China

China has passed new mandatory safety standards, including fire safety, for electric vehicles, EV batteries and electric buses.

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