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December 23, 2015

New silicon based PIN FRs for greener plastics

The final report has been published for the EU-funded (FP7) project FR GREENSI (New silicon-based halogen-free flame retardants for greener plastics). The project developed silicone derived FRs for po...

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Life cycle assessment of FRs in electronics

As a part of the EU-funded ENFIRO project (see pinfa Newsletter n°36), a life cycle assessment of use of flame retardants in electronics was carried out. The summary conclusions have now been peer-re...

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PIN flame retardants market growth

Global flame retardant markets are expected to continue to grow over coming years according to several recent studies, with particular development in several specialised PIN flame retardant sectors. L...

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Fire safety theme park

A new “fire safety theme park” in Tianjin, North-East China, allows visitors to experience the difficulties of evacuating from fire with limited visibility, here with a maze filled with orange smo...

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Non-FR polystyrene blamed for nightclub tragedy

Sixty people were killed by fire in the Collectiv nightclub, Bucharest, 30th October, including the bassist of the band on stage Goodbye to Gravity. The band’s pyrotechnics ignited non fire safety t...

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Fire testing of flat panel TVs

Six models of flat-panel 32-40 inch TVs (3 samples of each one) were fire tested to assess ignition resistance, heat release, smoke and toxic gas emissions. 3 x 3 TVs were purchased in South America (...

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PIN flame retardants effective in polystyrene

A combination of PIN flame retardants was tested in extruded polystyrene (100 x 100 x 3 mm sheets), showing to be effective in ensuring self-extinguishment (combustion stops when flame heat source is...

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Analysing firefighter exposure to smoke

Fabian, Baxter & Dalton’s 27 page paper “Characterization of firefighter smoke exposure” summarises ongoing work to better understand how and to what extent smoke exposure can pose health ri...

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December 1, 2015

French agency ANSES evaluates the role of FRs in furniture and fire safety

The French national agency for food, environment, work and health safety (ANSES) has published two detailed reports assessing fire safety risks and risks relating to flame retardants used in upholster...

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Regulatory news

EU Commission consults on chemicals for proposed specific ban in clothes and textiles: the European Commission has opened a public consultation on a proposed process for rapidly banning possibly ‘CM...

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TPP in nail polish

Triphenyl phosphate (a phosphorus acid ester known as TPP or TPHP) has shown to be absorbed into the body via skin or nails when present in nail polishes. The substance is also used as a flame retarda...

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Flame retardant mattresses avoid flashover

Results of over 30 full-scale room fire tests in the preparatory phase of the Canada Characterization of Fires in Multi-Suite Residential Dwellings are published. The tests use a 16 m2 test room, ins...

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Mattress fire tests

Full scale fire tests of standard bed mattresses in Korea show that heat release reaches 3 MW in less than five minutes, reaching 1000°C. The standard mattresses tested only allow 2-3 minutes for occ...

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Inorganic / phosphorus PIN FR synergy in HIPS

High impact polystyrene (HIPS) was tested with different combinations of two PIN flame retardants, inorganic magnesium hydrate (MH) and microencapsulated red phosphorus (MRP). Fire performance was ass...

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FIRA: flame retardants in furniture

FIRA, the UK Furniture Industry Research Association, has published two industry overview reports on alternative flame retardants for upholstered furniture and on the impact of FRs on the “end of li...

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FRX Polymers starts production in Europe

A completely new PIN flame retardant production site has opened in Europe with FRX Polymers inauguration of its new Antwerp factory, which will produce Nofia® PIN flame retardant polymers for applica...

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Netherlands WODC / SEO assessment

A report by SEO Economic Research for the Netherlands Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) of the Ministry of Security and Justice estimates that home fires cause over 30 fatalities per year in th...

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N-57-07 Challenges for textile fire safety

Nicola Davies in the AATCC Review (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists) summarises the “vital role” played by flame retardants in ensuring textile products fire safety, but unde...

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Bus fire safety questioned in France

43 people died on 23rd October in a coach fire at Puisseguin, near Bordeaux, France, when the coach caught fire after a collision with a lorry. According to press coverage, the rapid burning of the co...

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PIN fire protection for silicone rubber

First commercialised 70 years ago, silicone rubber is widely used in varying applications, because of its bio-compatibility, chemical, temperature and UV resistance and electrical properties. However,...

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minutes to get out

A page of videos and animation by the New York Times (sponsored by Nest Protect fire alarms) shows why fires have become so much more dangerous in modern homes. A three minute video shows how rapidly...

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Aluminium – phosphorus PIN FR for rigid polyurethane foams

Aluminium hypophosphite and expandable graphite showed synergies as a PIN flame retardant solution for rigid polyurethane foams. Both products improved fire performance of the foam, but even better re...

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Newsletter New Style Starts from N° 57

N-57-00 Newsletter New Style Starts from N° 57 This article is for memory purpose only no publication....

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October 19, 2015

Bus and coach fires in Sweden

Every year, one in 140 buses and coaches on Sweden’s roads suffers a (reported) fire incident: that is over 100 reported fires annually. SP (Technical Research Institute of Sweden) estimates that t...

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