Europe’s flame retardant group is fired up over the recent move by the Norwegian government to ban brominated flame retardant (BFR) Deca-BDE in all applications effective April 1.
Cefic’s European Brominated Flame Retardant Industry Panel said Deca-BDE has been found safe for continued use by an EU risk assessment.
BFRs have been in the cross-hair of major environmental groups over the past few years, and bowing to pressures, electronic manufacturers such as Apple, Hewlett Packard (HP) and Dell have started phasing them out in their products.
Michael Spiegelstein, Chairman of the Bromine Science and Environmental Forum, said phasing out BFRs from consumer electronics may be a bad idea.
“It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed – and it will be as a direct result of this relentless pressure from activists to remove tested and proven flame retardants without reliable substitutes.”
Between the possibility of maybe, just maybe, getting a cancer from my computer, MP3 or camera, and the greater possibility of my apartment catching fire because of the lack of reliable flame retardant, I’ll say coat my electronics with BFR anytime.