New Survey: Public Strongly Supports Use of Flame Retardants in Furniture
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Watch how this flame retardant reduces the flammability of foam.
Overview of Studies Conducted
Review a list of studies Chemtura submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support its assessment of TBB.
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Groups Chemtura Supports
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About Firemaster® 550 Flame Retardant
Firemaster® 550 flame retardant is a Chemtura mixture of brominated and non-halogen flame retardants that significantly reduces the risk of fires from flexible polyurethane foam used as cushioning in furniture and other products.
The story of Firemaster® 550 flame retardant begins in 1995, when Chemtura first notified the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that its scientists had developed an innovative new flame retardant with an improved environmental profile.
In the years that followed, the EPA required a rigorous review of the brominated component, TBB. In total, 15 studies were submitted to the EPA during the agency's decade-long assessment of TBB. Another 17 studies were conducted for regulatory authorities in other countries. These included studies specifically designed to assess the potential exposure of consumers to the substance, as well as the persistence and potential for bioaccumulation. All of this research was conducted at independent accredited laboratories following standardized methods prescribed by organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Based on these studies our scientists concluded – and the EPA agreed – TBB is less persistent and less likely to bioaccumulate than the product it replaced. It was found to be suitable for use as a flame retardant in highly flammable foam.
The best public summary of this assessment comes from the EPA's Design for the Environment project, whose 2005 final report describes TBB as having low persistence in the environment and low bioaccumulation potential.
Firemaster® 550 flame retardant is an important part of Chemtura's effort to reduce the devastating impact of fires on people, property and the environment. It represents an innovative move to greener chemicals that is in keeping with our company's commitment to Responsible Care®, a global industry performance initiative that helps companies track their performance through established environment, health, safety and security measures that go beyond government requirements.
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