Flame Retardants on Health and the Environment

Flame retardants are a critical element of fire safety and have been helping to save lives for centuries. Flame retardants are subject to review and approval by the EPA and other governmental agencies. As flame retardant manufacturers strive to innovate and make better performing and more sustainable flame retardants, these chemicals must gain approval from the EPA. The agency has the authority to limit or even prohibit a chemical’s use if it has questions concerning safety or other uncontrolled risks. During a recent review of the data, EPA identified approximately 50 flame retardants that are unlikely to pose a risk to human health.