Flame retardants

Flame retardants-Wellington

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Halogenated flame retardants (HFRs) are chemical compounds added to many products to make them less flammable.

They are commonly used and marketed in consumer products (materials, equipment). This is why they are found in plastics, textiles and electrical and electronic equipment. However, these substances are generally persistent and bioaccumulative: they can contaminate the environment, water and air, and some are suspected of being toxic and accumulating in humans and animals.

There are many different flame retardants, and scientists are continuing to identify new ones. In fact, certain compounds have been created to replace others considered hazardous to health.

These include:

  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are found in plastics, textiles, electronic moldings and printed circuits;
  • Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) used for thermal insulation in the building industry;
  • Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) and other phenols, notably found in printed circuit boards and thermoplastics (mainly in televisions);
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) are used in household appliances, textiles and plastic foams;
  • PBDDs and PBDFs, Dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans as well as brominated/chlorinated dioxins and furans, phosphorus compounds, certain benzoates, phthalates, tetrabromobisphenols

More information in the Wellington catalogue

The other Wellington categories

PFAS, Substances per- & polyfluoroalkylées

Halogenated flame retardants, HFRs and other compounds

Polychlorinated biphenyls, PCBs

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, PBDEs & Polybrominated biphenyls, PBBs

Dioxins, Furans, PCDDs, PCDFs

Organochlorine Pesticides, OCP

Certified reference materials

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