Denmark EPA suggests health risks from chlorinated FRs
An study by the Danish EPA (Danish Ministry of the Environment, Environmental Protection Agency) assesses the safety of chemicals present in children’s car seats, strollers, mattresses and similar products (0-3 years age). Based on a literature screening, a number of chemicals considered to pose potential issues were measured in 59 samples from 30 items of baby equipment (chlorinated and brominated flame retardants, formaldehyde, phthalates, azo dyes).
Migration tests were also carried out and then possible health and environmental risks assessed. Several chemicals were found at levels not conform to EU regulations (REACH). Three chlorinated FRs were the only chemicals for which the study indicates possible health risks (TDCP in child car seats and mattresses if used without covering sheets, TCEP and TCPP in baby slings). Non-halogenated PIN flame retardants would offer safer alternatives to ensure fire safety. None of the chemicals assessed were considered to pose environmental risks at the levels measured.TDCP = Tris (1,3-dichloro-2- propyl) phosphate. TCPP = Tris (1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate. TCEP = Tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP).
“Chemical substances in car safety seats and other textile products for children”, survey of chemical substances in consumer products No. 135, 2015, ISBN 978-87-93352-07-0.