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Residents of Puerto Rico Learn About Exposure Risks to Flame Retardants

The building science and industrial hygiene professionals at Zimmetry Environmental provide indoor environmental quality testing and consulting services to identify a wide range of exposure hazards.

Bayamon, Puerto Rico – WEBWIRE

The use of flame retardants is required by various government mandates, but exposure to some of these chemicals is a concern for many families and workers that are around these compounds.

Since the 1970s, flame retardants have been used in many consumer and industrial products found in all types of buildings throughout Puerto Rico and the world. Many of these chemicals, that are added or applied to materials in order to slow or prevent the start and growth of fires, have also increasingly come under the scrutiny of environmental and health experts in recent years.
Some of the products and materials listed by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences that frequently include flame retardants include:

  • Furnishings, such as foam, upholstery, mattresses, carpets, curtains and fabric blinds.
  • Electronics and electrical devices, such as computers, laptops, phones, televisions, and household appliances, plus wires and cables.
  • Building and construction materials, including electrical wires and cables, and insulation materials, such as polystyrene and polyurethane insulation foams.
  • Transportation products, such as seats, seat covers and fillings, bumpers, overhead compartments, and other parts of automobiles, airplanes and trains.

They also list the following potential adverse health effects that may occur in humans and animals due to exposure:

  • Endocrine and thyroid disruption
  • Impacts to the immune system
  • Reproductive toxicity
  • Cancer
  • Adverse effects on fetal and child development
  • Neurologic function

“The use of flame retardants is required by various government mandates, but exposure to some of these chemicals is a concern for many families and workers that are around these compounds,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “Some of these chemicals have already been phased out due to health and environmental concerns as they can migrate from materials and contaminant dust and even the air we breathe.”
For those in occupations where they may be exposed to elevated levels of flame retardants, or for people simply concerned about indoor exposure risks, Zimmetry Environmental offers testing and consulting services for all types of chemical exposure hazards. These services are available throughout Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean.
To learn more about Zimmetry Environmental and their building science, indoor environmental quality, industrial hygiene, compliance and consulting services, please visit, call (787) 995.0005 or email .
About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals and Fortune 500 companies.  The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America.  The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality, asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I ESAs and general environmental consulting services.

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