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March 24, 2021

BSEF report on impacts of brominated FRs on recycling

The brominated flame retardant industry, BSEF, has published a report by SOFIES discussing brominated flame retardants in WEEE recycling.

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March 2, 2021

U.S. Borax joins pinfa North America

U.S. Borax, part of Rio Tinto, is a new member of pinfa-NA (pinfa North America).

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Fatal fire probably started by cell phone

One child died in a house fire probably started by an overheating cell phone igniting a couch in North Carolina.

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Review of electric vehicle (EV) battery fires

EV fires show heat release comparable to fossil fuelled vehicles, but with additional risks of toxicity and extinguishing.

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Fire risks posed by batteries in WEEE

“Battery fires are one of the most important issue impacting recyclers currently” E. Katrakis, EuRIC (European Recycling Industries Confederation).

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EU project on fire safety statistics

Efectis launches EU-funded initiative towards coherence of EU fire safety statistics, terminology and methodologies.

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UK taxpayers’ cladding bill reaches £ 5 bn

More than UK£ 5 billion to replace flammable building cladding, announced by the UK Government may still not be enough.

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More Grenfell Inquiry media questions

The Grenfell fire inquiry is continuing to question information supplied to customers by cladding manufacturers.

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Wikipedia launches cladding fires list

A new list of high-rise building façade fires is launched by Wikipedia, with nearly 60 incidents over the last 30 years.

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US federal furniture fire safety standard

Cigarette ignition resistance will be legally required for all furniture sold in the USA.

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Massachusetts bans ten halogenated FRs

The State has enacted legislation banning ten brominated and chlorinated FRs and ATO in a range of applications:

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US bans nearly all uses of Deca-BDE

The US EPA has effectively banned five PBT chemicals including the brominated FR DecaBDE.

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Smoke propagation from furniture fires

Full-scale building tests by IFV Netherlands show dangers from upholstered furniture fires.

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Silanes-based P & N FRs for textiles

New wash-resistant Si - N – P flame retardants developed by DTNW in German government innovation project.

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Cyclotriphosphazene durable textile FRs

New phosphorus-based PIN FRs developed by DTNW for textiles show wash resistance.

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Review: electrospinning for FR polymers

Electrospinning offers routes to develop new FR fibre solutions with improved mechanical properties,

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Review: FR polymers for 3D printing

3D printing enables new approaches to flame retardancy, such as surface layers or enclosure of FRs in structural voids.

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Developments in DOPO derivatives as FRs

A review paper summarises recent progress in phosphorus PIN FRs derived from DOPO, replacing halogenated FRs.

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Phosphorus – iron synergy for cotton FR

PIN FRs, 3D DOPO (P-based) and ferrocene (Fe-based), reacted onto cotton provided durable fire resistance and waterproofing.

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PIN FRs for recycled Tetra-Pak

PIN flame retardants show to be effective in PEAL, a composite material resulting from recycling of TetraPak packaging

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Recycling fire-extinguishers to PIN FRs

Ammonium phosphate from end-of-life ABC dry-powder fire extinguishers is an effective PIN FR in polyethylene.

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A Canada Government screening concludes trixylyl phosphate has low environment risk and adequate health safety margins

In Europe, however, trixylyl phosphate is on the REACH SVHC Candidate List (Substance of Very High Concern).

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Developmental toxicity of brominated FR (BDE) but not PIN FR (AlPi).

Lethality and teratogenicity were tested using the standard fish species, zebrafish, for up to 96 hours after fertilisation of eggs.

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January 15, 2021

Discussion of FRs in mobile phones in Ecodesign work.

Discussion of FRs in mobile phones in Ecodesign work.

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