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Since the beginning of 2019, several US jurisdictions have introduced legislation to restrict or prohibit the use of defined flame retardants in consumer products.

The jurisdictions and affected products are:

  • Anchorage (Alaska) - juvenile products, upholstered furniture and reupholstered furniture
  • Arizona - children’s products and upholstered residential furniture
  • Indiana - mattresses, mattress pads and upholstered furniture
  • Massachusetts - bedding, carpeting, children’s products, residential upholstered furniture and window treatments
  • Minnesota - children’s products, mattresses, residential or business textiles, and upholstered furniture.
  • New Hampshire - carpeting and upholstered furniture
  • New York - Bill A 3587 - childcare products for children three years of age or younger, and Bill A 1367 - residential upholstered furniture
  • Tennessee - mattresses, juvenile products and upholstered furniture
  • West Virginia - children’s products, and upholstered residential furniture

As with the products covered by these bills, the individual flame retardants covered by the legislation and the effective dates are dependent upon the terms of the bill. To learn more, read SafeGuard 033/19: [www.sgs.com/en/news/2019/03/safeguards-03319-us-legislative-developments-flame-retardants-in-consumer-products]

If adopted, these states will join the US jurisdictions that currently restrict or prohibit flame retardants, including California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, San Francisco (California), Vermont, Washington and Washington D.C. As with current bills, the scope of these restrictions is dependent upon the jurisdiction.

In addition, Stakeholders should also be aware that Maine, Oregon, Vermont and Washington have reporting rules concerning the use of specific flame retardants in children’s products.

Additive flame retardants (Additive-FRs) are non-chemically binding substances that are added to a wide variety of household products to prevent or limit the spread of fires. They are added to plastics, foams and textiles that are used in bedding, childcare articles, clothing, electrical and electronic equipment, furniture, mattresses, paints/coatings and household textiles.

Stakeholders are advised to now check their products comply with the latest regulations enforced in their markets.

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SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full US Legislative Developments: Flame Retardants in Consumer Products SafeGuardS.

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For further information contact:

Hingwo Tsang

Global Information and Innovation Manager

Tel:(+852) 2774 7420

Email: crs.media@sgs.com

Website: www.sgs.com/cgnr

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