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NAFRA to Kaiser: Reverse Flame Retardants Decision

Just weeks after Kaiser Permanente said it will stop purchasing furniture treated with flame retardants, a group representing flame retardants manufacturers has sent a letter urging the healthcare system to reverse its decision.

The North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA) says flame retardants save lives and the decision by Kaiser Permanente is based on the potential health effects of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) — a group of flame retardants that are no longer on the market. All flame retardants on the market today are subject to review by the Environmental Protection Agency and other global regulatory agencies for safety, the letter says.

For this reason, NAFRA urges Kaiser Permanente to “give further consideration to the recently announced policy for purchasing upholstered furniture.”

In two reports published last week the EPA identified safer alternatives to the flame retardants now used in consumer and commercial products, including building insulation and products with flexible polyurethane foam, to help industries choose safer chemicals.


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One thought on “NAFRA to Kaiser: Reverse Flame Retardants Decision

  1. A couple things. How will Kaiser’s furniture be able to pass Cal Tech Bulletin 133 and the Federal open flame test for furniture in public settings and commercial spaces? I applaud them for taking this stand. Of course NAFTA is going to beg them to leave chemical flame retardants in. They represent chemical companies. Also, the fact that tPBDE’s are banned is not good enough. Every chemical flame retardant that replaces one that is banned eventually is found to be toxic. We just have to wait years while independent studies are conducted. Very frustrating!!!

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