AHFA Flammability Update. Bob Luedeka March 20, 2008. Topics. CPSC Proposed Rule: Standard for the Flammability of Residential Upholstered Furniture 16 CFR Part 1634 Fire Retardant Issues. CPSC 16 CFR Part 1634. Addresses much of the risk Good starting point
Bob LuedekaMarch 20, 2008
Note: PentaBDEs no longer being used
by US foam industry
Claim: Handheld XRF guns can be used to detect halogenated compounds in upholstered furniture.
Response: XRF guns can detect some brominated compounds on the surface of foam and fabric. Accuracy is unknown. XRF guns cannot detect chlorine compounds.
Claim: Halogenated compounds migrate from furniture to household dust.
Response: So far, that’s unproven speculation focused on PBDE compounds. Migration of today’s FR foam additives has not been reported.
Claim: There is no way to safely dispose of furniture treated with halogenated FRs.
Response: There is no evidence of hazard or risk in the customary disposal of furniture treated with halogenated FRs.
Claim: Halogenated fire retardants are not used in TB133 furniture.
Response: Halogenated compounds are common ingredients in melamine-modified FR foam.
Claim: Latex is both fire safe and free of fire retardant chemicals.
Response: Latex is flammable and subject to the same regulation in upholstered furniture as polyurethane foam. Large amounts of FR additives are required in latex foam to meet California TB117.