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January 29, 2016

Fake palm trees in Las Vegas hotel fire

Firefighters said that artificial palm trees went up in flames “like 20-foot-tall cans of gasoline” near a 14th floor outside swimming pool at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, 25th July 2015. T...

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DEROCA: carbon nanotubes PIN FR synergies

The EU-funded (FP7) project, DEROCA, has developed five new PIN flame retardant system prototypes, combining industrial multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with phosphorus-based and other commercially...

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1.3 million fires in the USA in 2014, + 5% from 2013

The US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has published its annual report on US fire losses covering 2014. Fire fighters responded to nearly 1.3 million fires, up 4.7% from 2013, with nearly...

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US NFPA Railway standard fire safety improved

Final agreement has been reached on a number of improvements in fire safety requirements in the US NFPA 130 Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems, mainly resulting from public...

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Non FR foam rejected from building code

Following action from MP Ann Main, the UK government has announced that regulations will be introduced to require all children’s fancy dress costumes to be flame-retardant. Proposals to allow non f...

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UK to prescribe fire safety for children’s costumes

Following action from MP Ann Main, the UK government has announced that regulations will be introduced to require all children’s fancy dress costumes to be flame-retardant. The announcement by Chan...

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January 20, 2016

Building Fire Safety

Oliver Loebel, PU Europe, explained that fires in buildings are changing, with more goods, electronic equipment and comfort materials, and more complex buildings, both for offices and public buildings...

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January 15, 2016

Conclusions: need for action

Adrian Beard, pinfa Vice-Chairman (Clariant), summarised the workshop discussions. Further research and action is needed in the following areas: Need for better fire statistics, both to have reli...

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Developments in PIN flame retardant technologies

Marianne Cochez, Université de Lorraine, France and José-Marie Lopez Cuesta, Ecole des Mines d’Alès, France, presented a range of developments in PIN flame retardant technologies. Technologies of...

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INFLAME project

Stuart Harrad, University of Birmingham UK presented concerns about population exposure to flame retardants. Past-generation halogenated flame retardants (e.g. PBDEs, HBCD) have been found in human bl...

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Health and environment

Frank Kuebart, eco-INSTITUT Germany, presented a comparison of criteria concerning flame retardants in 65 ecolabels and sustainability standards worldwide. Key health and environment criteria for flam...

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Building fire safety challenges

Hans Beele, Beele Engineering (passive fire safety specialists), questioned the difference between what fire safety regulations require on paper and reality in installations, due to the gap between co...

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Smoke fatalities and smoke toxicity

James Robinson, Fire Safe Europe, underlined that fire kills 12 people every day in the EU, and costs 126 billion €/year. An important problem is the lack of adequate fire statistics in nearly all c...

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Need for reliable fire statistics

Dominique Parisse, Plastics Europe (and previously with the French State fire and safety services), further developed the current inadequacies of fire statistics in Europe. ISO 17755-2, under develop...

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Fires are fast and deadly

Anja Hofmann, BAM Germany, summarised lessons from full-scale fire tests and fire modelling. Full-scale building fire tests were carried out in 2014 by BAM with the Fire Services of Frankfurt (TIBRO p...

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Responsible approach to flame retardant use

Michael Klimes, pinfa Chairman (Nabaltec), opened the meeting with the challenges faced by the fire safety sector today. The green awakening which started with Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” in...

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Workshops

Upcoming workshops Pinfa Building and Construction fire safety workshop, Turkey, date to be defined pinfa-na industry seminar: “Flame retardancy of materials for surface transportation”...

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B&C workshop

The industry – expert B&C workshop organised by pinfa, Brussels, 3rd November 2015, brought together 60 specialists and industry leaders from Europe, Asia and North America, to discuss question...

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December 23, 2015

Regulatory news

Consultation: ECHA (the European Chemical Agency) has opened a public consultation to 18th February 2016 on proposals to subject 11 additional chemicals to REACH “Authorisation”. This effectively...

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Prysmian PIN FP Cables for Art’s sake

Over 5 km of Prysmian FP Plus PIN fire resistant cables have been installed in Edinburgh College of Art as part of a fire safety upgrade of two of the Edinburgh University’s Lauriston Campus buildin...

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Fate of phosphorus FRs in sewage works

The fate of ten phosphorus ester flame retardants (aryls and alkyls) in activated sludge and advanced oxidation process sewage works was assessed in five sewage works in Spain. Concentrations detected...

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Presafer new applications for PreniphorTM

Presafer has extended its PreniphorTM PIN flame retardant range with performance products for polypropylene and for epoxy resins. PreniphorTM EPFR-100D is a P-N (phosphorus and nitrogen) based flame r...

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UNEP Energy Globe Award for PIN flame retardants

Interiorproject Ltd has been awarded the Bulgarian national Energy Globe Award for its PIN flame retardants for porous polymers. The Energy Globe Awards www.energyglobe.info are a World Environment Da...

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High flexibility PIN flame retardant ducting

Industrial dust-extraction ducting specialist, Eximo Australia, has launched speedLock CNCFlex PIN flame retardant polyether-polyethylene ducting. This is for dust and particle suction in woodworking...

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