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California Puts Flame Retardants & Chlorinated Tris Under the Spotlight

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Garden Grove, CA, March 5, 2013

Earlier this month, California’s Governor released draft language for new fire safety regulations. TB 117-2013 has been posted for a 45 day public comment period as it aims to improve fire safety without the use of potentially dangerous flame retardant chemicals.

One of these chemicals that has received increasing public scrutiny is chlorinated Tris, also known as TDCPP. The flame retardant is used as an additive in polyurethane foams, resins, plastics, textile coatings and rubber.

Chlorinated Tris has been in use since the 1960s. The use of chlorinated Tris in children’s pajamas was banned in the late 1970s due to concerns over its mutagenic properties. In recent years, there has been growing public concern about this chemical’s use and its presence in children and baby products and furniture. It is believed that over time, the chemical can escape from the products it has been applied to and attach to common household dusts. Children and others may then be exposed by breathing aerosolized dusts or touching contaminated surfaces. 

“There have been some claims that suggest chlorinated Tris may influence hormone levels, increase tumor rates, and may even be a neurotoxin,” reported Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing, California’s leading environmental testing laboratory. “In 2011, chlorinated Tris was added to California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Proposition 65. Prop 65 lists chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm to the state of California. At LA Testing, we offer testing supplies and analysis to help determine if chemical levels found in air, water and soil are elevated and are a potential risk to people.”

LA Testing has sponsored an online educational video about chlorinated Tris as a flame retardant and its use in baby products. It can be seen at:

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