SAFR provides reassurance in your choices and helps you make an informed choice you can rely on

The Systematic Assessment for Flame Retardants (SAFR) is a framework that provides a rigorous evaluation of specific flame retardants in their applications, thus enabling users to choose the most sustainable product for the intended use. As such, SAFR is committed to the sustainable management of chemicals from the very first stage of the product design. SAFR is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of consumer product manufacturers and can provide both a simple and science-based framework that goes beyond regulatory systems.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

Risk-based approach and
transparent methodology

SAFR is a risk-based approach that unlike other tools takes into consideration the intended use of the chemical.

Informed
choices 

SAFR helps customers feel confident to make an informed choice by providing them with the necessary options to enhance both safety and sustainability.

Tested
methodology

SAFR has undergone scientific scrutiny from experts from all over the world. Most recently, the method was endorsed by the Alliance for Risk Assessment.

HOW DOES IT WORK ?

SAFR recommendations come from the assessment of both hazard
and potential exposure of the specific flame retardant in its intended use.

Defining hazard

Building on accepted hazard criteria, SAFR assesses the extent to which hazards translate into potential risks due to possible exposure to humans and/or the environment during a product’s service life.

OUR STARTING POINT

Defined 13 endpoints wich include human health and environlement.

CRITERIA

Based mainly on the Global Hormonized System (GHS) for classification and labelling.

ASSESSMENT

Assess hazard for the FR and its relevant degradation products.

FINAL HAZARD SCORE

Given according to SAFR hazard categories.

HOW DOES IT WORK ?

SAFR recommendations come from the assessment of both hazard
and potential exposure of the specific flame retardant in its intended use.

Defining hazard

Building on accepted hazard criteria, SAFR assesses the extent to which hazards translate into potential risks due to possible exposure to humans and/or the environment during a product’s service life.

OUR STARTING POINT

Defined 13 endpoints
wich include human
health and environlement.

CRITERIA

Based mainly on the Global
Hormonized System (GHS)
for classification and labelling.

ASSESSMENT

Assess hazard for the FR and
its relevant degradation products.

FINAL HAZARD SCORE

Given according to
SAFR hazard categories.

HOW DO WE ASSESS EXPOSURE?

Our exposure assessment consists of two steps. We take into account both:

FREQUENCY OF CONTACT

POTENTIAL EMISSIONS

FREQUENCY OF CONTACT

POTENTIAL EMISSIONS

Frequency of contact during the intended use (e.g. using a TV, a computer, a car seat, or building insulation)
Impression
The potential emissions of the flame retardants used due to either migration to surface (blooming), leaching or volatilization.

FREQUENCY OF CONTACT

Frequency of contact during the intended use (eg. using a TV, a computer, a car seat, or building insulation)
Impression

POTENTIAL EMISSIONS

The potential emissions of the flame retardants used due to either migration to surface (blooming), leaching or volatilization.
Impression
Frequency of contact during the intended use (e.g. using a TV, a computer, a car seat, or building insulation)
Impression
The potential emissions of the flame retardants used due to either migration to surface (blooming), leaching or volatilization.

EXPOSURE ASSESSMENT

This unique two-tier exposure evaluation is combined to give a final result.

RECOMMENDATION

SAFR’s assessment of a flame retardant shows if your use is recommended, acceptable or not recommended.
In case of not recommended use the SAFR team will suggest a more sustainable flame retardant for the specific use.
SAFR also tells you if the product poses an unacceptable hazard, in which case ICL recommends to phase it out.

SAFR IN MOTION

WHAT’S NEW

SAFR Adopted by the Value Chain
A member of our value chain, Campine, together with ICL-IP, developed a similar methodology based on SAFR®, to assess the potential exposure to their product ATO, which is a synergist

SAFR Adopted by the Value Chain

Celebrating with SETAC North America its 40th Annual Meeting
John Warner, the president and CEO of the Warnerbabcock Institute for Green Chemistry, addressed SAFR in the next video: “ICL’s approach to dealing with materials like flame retardants is fairly

Celebrating with SETAC North America its 40th Annual Meeting

SAFR at the Circular Economy-Focused Waste and Recycling Webinar
Our colleague Sander Kroon addressed the management of flame retardant plastic additives in context of the ICL developed methodology SAFR®

SAFR at the Circular Economy-Focused Waste and Recycling Webinar

SAFR Blooming Methodology Validated by ASTM
In Feb 2020, the SAFR methodology for measuring blooming was accepted as an ASTM as is now publicly available: “Standard Test Method for Determination of the Blooming of Brominated Flame

SAFR Blooming Methodology Validated by ASTM

SAFR at the Royal Society of Chemistry Symposium
This year’s International Symposium, entitled ‘Enhanced Performance Using Additives’ focused on choosing the best additives, and highlighting through industrial examples the wide range of chemistry involved. In this context, Dr.

SAFR at the Royal Society of Chemistry Symposium

SAFR Featured in Additives for Polymers
SAFR was included as a special environment, health and safety feature in the March 2018 edition of Additives for Polymers (ADPO).

SAFR Featured in Additives for Polymers

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