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October 26, 2023

Call for fire safety in EU buildings directive

Associations say fire safety, especially for new energy systems, should be better integrated into the EU EPBD (Energy Performance of Buildings Directive).

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UK consults on Furniture Fire Regulations

Public consultation on recast of UK’s 1988 Furniture Fire Safety Regulations open to 24th October 2023. The consultation includes a draft regulatory text “to illustrate the approach”.

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pinfa-NA explainer video series – n°4

4th educational video on passive fire safety shows success of residential building fire risk mitigation.

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Tests show fire danger of materials in buses

Bus seat, floor and interior trim materials as used in buses and coaches were tested for fire behaviour and smoke emission, concluding that they “lead to very limited times for escape and rescue in case of fire in a bus cabin”.

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EuroNews on battery fire risks

Are we prepared to tackle the fire risks of batteries? Calls for action and initiatives on electric vehicle and battery fire safety

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Concerns about battery storage fire safety

New York launches taskforce to investigate energy storage fire risks after solar farm fire. Rotterdam puts moratorium on new facilities.

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Absence of fire standards for wind turbines

There are today over twenty wind turbine fires annually worldwide, causing up to 5 million € economic loss per fire.

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Fire risks of lithium ion battery electrolytes

Lithium ion batteries use highly flammable liquid organic electrolytes. Solutions include flame retardants. Current state-of-the-art lithium ion batteries use LiPF6 as electrolyte salt in an organic carbonate solvent, a system which is flammable and thermally unstable.

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PIN FR polypropylene (PP) for fire safety

Sirmax (US) offers PP compounds to UL 94 V-0 (0.8 mm) for EV, consumer & industry applications where fire safety is essential.

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PIN FR cables show lower smoke toxicity

Tests on 89 different cables analysed how different cable structures and materials influence behaviour, including sheath materials, bedding, number and configuration of conductors, different conductor metals.

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PIN FR cables prevent fire spread

Tests with full scale table trays show halogenated cables spread fire whereas PIN flame retardant cable do not.

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Intense fire resistant PIN polyamide for EVs

Ascend Performance Materials’ PIN FR PA66 resistant to 1100°C flame for 15 minutes for electric vehicle battery safety.

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PIN FRs for fire safety of recycled textiles

Insulation panels produced from of end-of-life textiles must be fire safety treated for safe use in buildings.

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“Substitute” brominated flame retardants (BFRs) found in US breast milk.

Milk from 50 mothers in or around Seattle was analysed for 66 BFRs: 37 PBDES or metabolites (a class of BFRs which has been largely phased out), 8 bromophenols and 8 other substitute BFRs.

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Possible release of brominated FRs from microplastics.

Simulations using synthetic sweat and sebum and microplastics (polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene) containing PBDEs or HBCD suggested that 1 – 2% of the brominated FR could be dermally bioaccessible.

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Review of toxicity of organo-phosphorus (OPFRs) and currently used halogenated FRs (HFRs) and of their metabolites.

69 studies were analysed , covering four alkyl OPFRs, five aryl OPFRs and fifteen chlorinated or brominated FRs.

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PBDE brominated FRs correlated to oxidative stress markers

Data for 8028 persons from the NHANES cohort (US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) were analysed for correlations between serum PBDE (nine PBDEs, tri- to deca-BDE) and metabolic indicators of oxidative stress (bilirubin, CGT).

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Prenatal organophosphate ester metabolite (OPEm) exposure and preschool cognitive processes

Levels of four OPEms (list below) in one sample of 340 mothers’ urine at 17 weeks pregnancy were compared to EF (Executive Function = attention span, vocabulary, assertiveness) of offspring 6 – 36 months.

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September 14, 2023

UK consults on Furniture Fire Regulations

Public consultation on recast of UK’s 1988 Furniture Fire Safety Regulations open to 24th October 2023. The consultation includes a draft regulatory text “to illustrate the approach”.

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Public consultation on WEEE Directive

Questionnaire to evaluate EU WEEE Directive effectiveness, impacts, links to other EU legislation and standards.

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Automobile expert on EV developments

Alan Amici, Center for Automotive Research (CAR), will discuss production forecasts and R&D needs for electric vehicles.

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House burn reaches ¾ million viewers

TV New Zealand with fire services broadcast full-scale furnished house burn trial showing how a scooter battery fire becomes unsurvivable after three minutes.

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Sweden E&E “ecotax” update

Updated Swedish ecotax covers all halogenated and phosphorus FRs with a 50% reduction for non-halogenated.

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Carcinogenicity of chlorinated FR TCPP

US National Toxicology Programme concludes evidence of carcinogenic activity of the halogenated FR TCPP = Tris(chloropropyl) phosphate.

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