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Massachusetts Considers Restrictions on Flame Retardants

07-25-2016 09:53 AM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

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Massachusetts Considers Restrictions on Flame Retardants

The US State of Massachusetts’ Senate passed Bill S 2302, “An Act to protect children and families from harmful flame retardants”, on May 19, 2016. The bill, currently under consideration by Massachusetts’ House of Representatives, seeks to restrict the use of flame-retardants in children’s products, bedding, carpeting and window treatments. If the bill is eventually signed into law, it will become effective on January 1, 2017.

The bill proposes a number of important provisions, including:

• The regulation of 10 flame retardants
• The requirement for new flame-retardants to be evaluated every three years by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The department will also promulgate rules regarding these substances
• The requirement for manufacturers of products containing restricted flame-retardants to inform their retailers about the passage of the bill by October 3, 2016.

While the bill does include the provision for addition to be made to the list, it will initially include:

• Antimony trioxide
• Decabromodiphenyl ether
• Hexabromocyclododecane
• Polybrominated diphenyl ethers
• Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins
• 2-Ethylhexyl-2,3,4,5-tetrabromobenzoate
• Bis(2-ethylhexyl)-3,4,5,6-tetrabromophthalate
• Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate
• Tris(1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate
• Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate

Currently the bill under consideration does contain a number of exemptions relating to: products manufactured before January 1, 2017; products containing substances newly identified by the DEP; and products manufactured from recycled products. While the proposed bill does not presently include residential upholstered furniture in the list of covered products, manufacturers should be aware these products are mentioned in the bill and may be incorporated in the final draft of the law.

Massachusetts is one of a number of US states seeking to restrict the use of certain flame-retardants in a variety of consumer products. Through its global network of laboratories, SGS can help companies stay compliant with flame retardant legislation in both US and international markets.

SGS Consumer Goods Services
SGS offers the full-range of inspection, testing, certification, verification and training services. Our experts can help companies achieve compliance with the regulatory requirements of different geographic markets. Learn more about SGS’s Consumer Goods Services (www.sgs.com/en/consumer-goods-retail)

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill to Restrict Flame Retardants in Consumer Products SafeGuardS. (www.sgs.com/en/news/2016/06/safeguards-11316-massachusetts-senate-passes-bill-to-restrict-flame-retardants-in-consumer-products)

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For further information contact:

Hingwo Tsang
Global Hardlines Information and Innovation Manager
Tel:(+852) 2774 7420
Email: cts.media@sgs.com
Website: www.sgs.com/cgnr

About SGS
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 85,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,800 offices and laboratories around the world.

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