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March 30, 2017

Keeping the Circular Economy clean

A 42-page paper by the European federation of environmental NGOs (EEB) with ClientEarth makes recommendations to improve integration of EU chemicals, product and waste legislation with the aim of faci...

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Electrical vehicle test shows batteries start fire

Two full scale fire tests of an electric vehicle show that the lithium-ion battery pack self-ignites after a simulated car crash, with the car in dense smoke after 2 minutes and engulfed in flames in...

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Millions of tumble driers pose fire risk

Over five million owners of clothes dryers sold in the UK under the brands Hotpoint, Creda, Swan, Proline and Indesit between 2004 and 2015 have now been told to stop using them, pending repairs. Pre...

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Fire safety in wind turbines

Some 120 – 160 fire incidents occurred in wind electricity generating turbines in 2007-2012, and this can be expected to increase as more turbines are installed. A rate of around 1 fire per 2 000 tu...

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Arkema performance PIN FR copolymer resins

Arkema’s HFFR (Halogen Free Flame Retardant) solutions for fire-resistant copolymers are based on ethylene – vinyl acetate or ethylene – acrylate copolymers, with selected mineral flame retardan...

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LCA of renewable polymer – PIN FR aircraft panels

A detailed LCA (life cycle assessment) compares forward-looking aircraft interior panels made of renewable or recyclable polymers, natural fibres, and PIN flame retardants, to conventional glass fibre...

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SP proposes fire classification hierarchy for furniture

In the editorial of Brandposten #55 (page 2), the magazine of RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden, previously SP), Björn Sunderström, highlights the current rise in concern about home fire deaths, p...

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March 7, 2017

Swiss TV programme promotes PIN FRs

Swiss TV channel SRF’s “Einstein” programme, 22/9/16, presents the dangers of home fires, with five volunteer ladies seeing full-scale fires close-up, and presents state-of-the-art technologies...

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Other News

FRs around electronics dismantling sites: a study in China comparing 175 people (46 controls) living a few hundred metres from e-waste dismantling areas in Qingyuan showed elevated urine concentration...

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ECHA sets out strategy for plastics additives chemicals

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has presented its strategy for plastics additives, stating as objectives by 2020 to improve chemical safety, identify all chemicals of Very High Concern (SVHC) and...

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Working together for fire safety in France

Established in 1948, France’s professional group for passive fire safety GTFI www.gtfi.org brings together a range of professionals and companies involved in fire safety, including manufacturers, di...

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New PIN FR polycarbonates for E&E applications

Polymer Technology and Services (PTS, Murfreesboro, Tennessee), a global flame-retardant engineering thermoplastic compounder, has introduced four new halogen-compliant polycarbonates for electrical a...

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Biochar – wool – polypropylene – PIN FR composite

Biochars can be highly porous (high surface area), giving mechanical performance and compatibility advantages in polymers (infiltration of pores by polymer), and are fire resistant. Low grade wool is...

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Phosphorus FR encapsulation for lithium ion batteries

Researchers at Stanford University, California, have developed a “smart” phosphorus flame retardant solution for lithium ion batteries. The phosphorus flame retardant is encapsulated in electrospu...

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Mineral PIN FR for lithium ion battery cathodes

“Runaway” heat release in lithium ion batteries usually starts with loss of integrity of the solid-electrolyte interface (SEI). The electrolyte then contacts the anode, reacting and generating hea...

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Call for an EU fire safety strategy

Fifteen industry, consumer and fire fighter organisations have published a policy paper calling for “a fire safety strategy for Europe”. The paper centres on building fire safety. 5 000 fire inci...

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Toxicity of smoke in car fire

A full scale fire test was carried out in a 1989-built 4-seater car, from which fuel and lubricants had been removed. The car was ignited by placing a burning pan of 12l of fuel by the front right tyr...

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Non-migrating PIN FR for polycarbonate

A US patent assigned to PolyOne, Ohio, is published for a phosphorus-mineral flame retardant for polycarbonate, formed by reacting in situ (within the polymer) a phosphorus compound (alkyl-functional...

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Improving PIN FR polyethylene compounds for cables

Dow Corning have launched a new polyethylene MB25-502 Masterbatch for production of non-halogen flame retardant cables, wires and jacketing. The inclusion of specific silicone additives ensures impro...

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Identification of VOCs in house fire smoke

A house due for demolition was used to carry out 13 room fire tests: 2 with kitchen cooking oil, 7 with a burning sofa and 4 in furnished rooms (2 kitchen, 2 sofa in lounge). The sofa was flame retar...

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Eco Red ShieldTM achieves Class A timber fire safety

Eco Building Products, Inc., California, has achieved fire test UL723/ASTM E-84 (flame spread index < 25, progression < 10.5 feet, in an extended 20 minute test time) for Eastern Spruce (SPF) an...

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Smoke alarms could have prevented 40% of fire deaths

144 non-intentional fires which led to deaths in Swedish homes were analysed, based on assessing the chain of events which led to the death: heat source, ignition of first object, fire growth and spre...

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Human cost of fires in Canada: 400 million €/year

Studies in Canada estimate the human cost of residential fires over 14 years (1998 – 2012) at 7.6 billion CAD (nearly 400 million €/year), including value of potential years of life lost (PYLL), f...

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Consumers call for EU action on fire safety

The European association for the coordination of consumer representation in standardisation (ANEC) has called for a coordinated approach to fire safety in the EU: “All consumers should benefit from...

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