In September 2017, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a guidance document that distorted the facts regarding additive, non-polymeric organohalogen flame retardants. The document’s findings were based on a prior CPSC vote, where three commissioners dismissed the recommendations of their own technical experts — and opted instead to support the claims of a group of special interests that have long sought to remove these chemicals from the marketplace.
Here is a look at what the CPSC’s experts recommended along with a chart showing how the CPSC voted on the issue:
CPSC: Consumer Product Safety Commission
FHSA: Federal Hazardous Substances Act
OFR: Additive, Non-Polymeric Organohalogen Flame Retardants