New issue: Fire Safety Chemicals, Health Concerns Explained

August 31, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


BFRs were designed to make furniture and other household goods safer by making it more difficult for them to burn. But are they the safest way of doing so?

Brominated flame retardants are a controversial class of chemical. Several types of BFR have already been banned in Europe; this year the European Parliament has been considering whether or not BFRs should be banned entirely from electronics goods.

Manufacturers argue they are essential for saving lives; environment groups and manufacturers of non-halogenated fire retardants say they pose unnecessary environmental hazards and should be phased out in favour of greener alternatives.

We examine the concerns and ask: are BFRs safe? If not, what are the alternatives?

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