EHS Safety News Stars in “Toxic Hot Seat” on HBO!

Here I am watching this new documentary on HBO last night about the recently changed "Tech 117" Bulletin in California about the use of unnecessary cancer causing "flame retardants" in everything from furniture to child car seats to other household products. I had been following the series that the Chicago Tribune had begun about this issue … Continue reading EHS Safety News Stars in “Toxic Hot Seat” on HBO!

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New Flame Retardent Rule Curbs Toxic Chemicals In Furniture

Video Courtesy of the Chicago Tribune® California’s change may help end use of fire retardants nationwide For decades, U.S. manufacturers have filled upholstered furniture with pounds of toxic chemicals to comply with a flammability standard set by a single state, California. The obscure rule, known as Technical Bulletin 117, brought flame retardants into homes across … Continue reading New Flame Retardent Rule Curbs Toxic Chemicals In Furniture

Fear Fans Flames of Chemical Fire Retardant Manufacturers

By Patricia Callahan and Sam Roe, Chicago Tribuner Reporters -May 6, 2012 Dr. David Heimbach knows how to tell a story.Before California lawmakers last year, the noted burn surgeon drew gasps from the crowd as he described a 7-week-old baby girl who was burned in a fire started by a candle while she lay on … Continue reading Fear Fans Flames of Chemical Fire Retardant Manufacturers

Understanding NFPA 70E and the Arc Flash Hazard Free Webinar

This webinar will focus on the causes and consequences of arc flashes, the role of PPE (and FR clothing in particular), and recent and pending changes to NFPA 70E.  Working around electricity can be the most dangerous part of any job, and the effects of not performing the job safely can be life-altering. This webinar … Continue reading Understanding NFPA 70E and the Arc Flash Hazard Free Webinar

Fire Fighters Applaud Bill Banning Hazardous Flame Retardant

The International Association of Fire Fighters applauded Rep. Chellie Pingree (D- ME) for introducing a bill to ban decabromine, a flame retardant. Pingree’s bill coincided with an announcement by EPA on a scheduled withdrawal of decabromine from the domestic marketplace. “Congresswoman Pingree, more than anyone, deserves credit for helping us eliminate decabromine. The IAFF has … Continue reading Fire Fighters Applaud Bill Banning Hazardous Flame Retardant