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 to FR.
They presented their results at the AMI conference in Dec 2019.
Read more and see the presentation at: https://www.campine.com/en/uncategorized/campine-the-ami-conference-in-koln/
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 unique… They have taken an umbrella approach at designing and developing tools and an infrastructure to help customers evaluate what are the product choices and different applications. I find that very unique in the industry to be actually reaching out to the customers and providing tools to help assess the different possibilities in different choices.”
During this 90-minute free webinar, three company case studies were presented, all discussing aspects of their waste and recycling efforts within the circular economy. A total of about 300 people attended the webinar.
Our colleague Sander Kroon addressed the management of flame retardant plastic additives in context of the ICL developed methodology SAFR®: At the crossroad of sustainability goals and fire safety – SAFR®, a flame retardant selection tool. Unlike the traditional approach focusing solely on hazards, which do not reflect real consumers’ uses, SAFR® enables users to choose the most sustainable flame retardant for their intended us, by assessing both hazard and exposure in its recommendations. The recently adopted standard for the testing of blooming from plastics was addressed – a major pillar in SAFR® for the exposure assessment.
In context of circularity, SAFR® provides good guidance and methodologies to be adapted to end-of-life scenarios. Currently, the possibility to incorporate EoL considerations in the SAFR® is under development.
Based on the number of questions asked during the Q&Q session it was clear that the audience showed interest for the SAFR approach, , and questions related mostly to the public availability of the model, and use of the method for EOL and CE.
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 Retardants onto the Surface of Plastic Materials by Ion Chromatography”, ASTM D8280.
ASTM announcement can be found at https://www.astm.org/standardization-news/?q=update/flame-retardants-plastics
“A new ASTM International standard will help determine whether certain flame retardants which reduce the flammability of plastics used in consumer products, construction materials, cars, and more are retained within the plastic.
According to Marcelo Hirschler of GBH International, brominated flame retardants are helpful in stopping combustible plastics from igniting when exposed to a fire threat. They also decrease the fire intensity if one occurs, he adds.
“The new standard has tremendous importance for product designers, regulators, and supply chains to compare and chose safe, effective, and sustainable brominated flame retardants,” says Hirschler, a member of ASTM International’s plastics committee (D20), which developed the new standard (soon to be published as D8280).
“The key issue is that when there is no ignition, there is no fire,” says Hirschler. “The new standard will be a fundamental tool for assessing the potential exposure to brominated flame retardants during a product’s life cycle. It will help product designers quantify, compare, and communicate the sustainability of their choice of flame retardants.”
Hirschler notes that, by quantifying potential emissions from flame retardants and flame retarded products, the new standard directly relates to three of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: #3 on good health and well-being; #11 on sustainable cities and communities; and #12 on responsible production and consumption.”
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. Jeyakumar’s presentation on SAFR, ‘Flame Retardant Additives: A Sustainable Approach’ was well received by the audience. By assessing both hazard and exposure in its recommendations, SAFR enables users to choose the most sustainable flame retardant for their intended use.
Part of the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Speciality Chemicals Sector (SCS) was formed in 1995 and aims to highlight industrial advances in speciality, fine and performance chemicals and to promote their development, application and use. This is achieved primarily by the organisation of international conferences on emerging or rapidly changing areas of chemistry and technology relevant to both its industrial and academic members.
ADPO is an Elsevier Journal that brings authoritative, independent and comprehensive coverage of the additives’ industry worldwide, including: plasticizers, pigments, fire retardants, heat and light stabilizers, fillers and fiber reinforcements. Every month it includes a unique digest of business news, materials, new equipment and technology, market news, legislation and events.
The feature on SAFR, ‘ICP-IP promotes assessment framework for sustainable flame retardant solutions’ explains SAFR’s methodology and the practical procedures involved, which enable users to choose the most sustainable flame retardant product for a given application. As our rigorous evaluation framework nears its third anniversary, coming up in July 2018, we continue to develop SAFR by using the latest available scientific data.
The conference provided an overview of the growing international demand for flame retardant products, as well as an outline of different flame retardant technologies and new approaches to sustainability currently being developed.
Within this context, our presentation, SAFR® – The way to more sustainable fire safety solutions in textiles, received positive feedback from the audience, especially with regards to SAFR’s hazard and exposure approach.
As you might already know, the application of SAFR to textile uses, including in tents, provides downstream users with a variety of recommended choices allowing them to choose the best performing and most sustainable solution for their application.
Please do get in touch! We are happy to answer any questions you may have about SAFR and how it can help you choose the most appropriate flame retardant in your chosen application.
His presentation, “SAFR®: Integrating exposure with hazard in a new assessment approach for responsible fire safety solutions” received special attention in the Risk Assessment and Risk Management session.
One of the questions raised was about the accommodation of end-of-life decisions in SAFR. On this issue, we are working closely together with the value chain to develop or recommend solutions for the most responsible end-of-life treatment of materials containing our products. We provide those involved in the waste value chain (e.g. recyclers and waste disposal operators) with recommendations on the preferred methods for recovering or disposing of materials according to the application and available technologies.
It was great to be part of the 37th anniversary of the Dioxin Symposia! If you didn’t manage to ask your question about SAFR, please get in touch at email@example.com and let’s continue the conversation!
Our colleague Mr. Sander Kroon gave his presentation during the session ‘Fire Retardants and the Environment’. As you already know, SAFR assesses the extent to which hazards translate into potential risks due to possible exposure to humans and the environment during a product’s service life.
At this conference, we received positive feedback from professionals in fire research and education on our exposure-based approach that uses quantifiable accelerated blooming, leaching and volatilization data from the base material matrix to thoroughly evaluate the use of the chemical in its chosen application.
Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding our exposure assessment. Let’s continue the dialogue online!
This international conference will provide a comprehensive update on all aspects of fire-retardancy and flame retardant additives for textiles and plastics. The conference aims to identify the main changes and trends on the flame retardants market and to develop adequate strategies for today and tomorrow.
This two-day event is the ideal place to get an overview of the growing international demand for flame retardant products, as a consequence of more stringent fire safety and environmental requirements, and of new approaches to sustainability, including SAFR!
Meet our colleague Mr. Edie Engels at the conference, presenting ‘SAFR® – The way to more sustainable Fire Safety solutions in Textiles’. He looks forward to seeing you and answering any questions you may have about SAFR and how it can help you choose the most appropriate flame retardant for your application.
Dioxin is a non-profit organization founded by the International Advisory Board of the International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) for the purpose of promoting scientific education and research on POPs. The International Dioxin Symposium provides an open public forum for presentations of cutting-edge scientific research on POPs across all disciplines, including analytical and environmental chemistry, molecular biology, human health, risk assessment, and risk management.
Our colleague Mr. Joel Tenney will present “SAFR®: Integrating exposure with hazard in a new assessment approach for responsible fire safety solutions.” as part of the Risk Assessment and Risk Management session on 21 August. Come see us and discuss SAFR at the 37th anniversary of the Dioxin Symposia!
The hosts of the FRPM conference, the University of Bolton and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) both have long standing expertise in fire safety.
Fire research at the University of Bolton has a history spanning nearly forty years in areas of textiles, fibre-reinforced composites and bulk polymers with particular emphasis on development of novel flame retardant systems, fire retardant mechanisms and associated modelling. The Centre for Fire and Hazards Science at UCLan has its origins in Fire Safety Engineering, in which it is a leading provider of research and education. Over the last 10 years it has grown in strength to become world-leading in fire chemistry and especially fire toxicity.
We look forward to discussing SAFR with professionals in fire research and education!
The conference is one of the major fire retardant (FR) events in the United States. Specifically designed for scientists and other technical specialists, this event is known for bringing together the greatest minds in FR coatings science, technology, design and manufacturing. With a blend of experts from government, academia, and commercial/industrial sectors, speakers included the top FR professionals and academics from around the world.
Our colleague Dr. (Mr.) Sergei Levchik gave a presentation on Flame Retardants for Polycarbonate and Polycarbonate Blends, and introduced the SAFR framework and its applicability to polycarbonate and its blends. Don’t miss this event next year if you’re ready to hear the latest regulatory, environmental, and testing findings in the FR field!
Accompanying the growth of China’s plastics and rubber industries for over 30 years, CHINAPLAS has become a distinguished meeting and business platform for these industries and has also largely contributed to their prosperous development.
At present, CHINAPLAS is not only the largest plastics and rubber trade fair in Asia, it is also widely recognized by the industry as the 2nd most influential exhibition in the world after K Fair in Germany. We hope you didn’t miss SAFR at the world’s major plastics and rubber trade fair!
It was a great experience to take part in SETAC Europe’s Annual Meeting in Brussels. Along with the SAFR team, there were between 2,000 and 2,500 scientists, assessors, regulators and managers from academia, business and government, representing an average of 60 countries.
Our colleague Dr. (Ms.) Smadar Admon presented ‘SAFR®: Applying a new hazard and exposure assessment approach for responsible fire safety solutions’ as one of the case studies within the risk assessment discussion. It was rewarding to listen to multidisciplinary approaches examining the impacts of chemicals and technology on the environment. We found it interesting to be part of an open forum for scientists and institutions working together to boost education, research and innovation around environmental issues and their management and regulation. Do not miss SETAC Europe next year to be part of the conversation!
The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is a not-for-profit, worldwide professional organization comprised of more than 6,000 individuals and institutions in l00 countries dedicated to the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems, the management and regulation of natural resources, research and development, and environmental education. SETAC Europe is one of five Geographic Units (GU) of the global Society, established to promote and further the mission of SETAC in Europe, the Middle East and Russia.
SETAC Brussels will be a 5-day event featuring a variety of training, networking and learning opportunities. Do not miss SETAC Europe if you are interested in emerging research, regulatory developments and the latest methodologies in environmental toxicology and chemistry.
In his presentation, our colleague Mr. Joel Tenney discussed with the plastics industry audience the continuing need for flame retardants to ensure fire safety; particularly due to the increasing use of flammable materials in building insulation, connected products and automobile electronics.
The session also looked at the latest in the debate on health and environmental safety of flame retardants and the role of SAFR in this context. By assessing both hazard and exposure in its recommendations, SAFR enables users to choose the most sustainable product for their intended use. Amid calls from NGOs to reduce risk from exposure to flame retardants, the SAFR framework contributes to solutions through its commitment to the sustainable management of chemicals from the very first stage of product design.
The AMI’s fire retardants in plastics conference is the essential meeting place for the flame retardant industry, attracting an international audience made up of leading players from throughout the supply chain.
The conference program annually aims to cover market trends and developments, novel materials and technologies, formulations and applications. This two-day event is the ideal place to get a comprehensive update on the latest legislative/regulatory issues, new applications, novel flame retardant systems, and developments in formulation and technology, including SAFR! If you have anything to do with flame retardants and polymers, you simply can’t miss it!
We presented SAFR at K Fair 2016 in Düsseldorf. K Fair is the world’s premier fair for the plastics and rubber industry, incorporating everything the sector has to offer. The SAFR booth was present along exhibitors shaping the latest innovations and development visions.
The trade fair welcomed 232,000 investment-oriented visitors from all over the world. The high-level exchange amongst experts, the outstanding events, speeches and special shows, the number of international visitors and exhibitors made K Fair 2016 “the place to be”. Don’t miss out the next time!
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