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 underlines that “the challenge to the textile industry is to offer reasonable protection from textile flammability, without subjecting people or the environment to further hazards from toxicity.
Considerable innovation will be required to come up with solutions that all stakeholders can accept”. The paper indicates a number of specific FRs for which scientists have suggested possible health issues or for which regulations to limit use are in place or are planned.
“Use and Regulation of Flame Retardants in Textiles”, N. Davies, AATC Review, vol. 15, n° 6, Nov-Dec 2015, pages 34-39, www.aatcc.org