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
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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.