EPA Issues Flame Retardant Assessment (September 2015)The EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program recently released a final alternative assessment for flame retardants used in flexible polyurethane foam and printed circuit boards (PCBs). The study, which was conducted by the Partnership on Flame Retardants Used in Flexible Polyurethane Foam, updates the 2005 report and includes:.
▲ Identification and comparison of potential environmental or health effects of flame retardant chemicals
▲ Updated chemical profiles
▲ Exploration of how to increase fire safety without the use of chemical flame retardants
▲ Description of current flame retardant standards
The final report for flame retardants used in printed circuit boards (PCBs) includes human health and environmental impact information in the most frequently used chemicals, including tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBPA). The EPA states that the chemical profiles will assist manufacturers with choosing the safest materials and help them meet standards for producing more environmentally friendly electronics.