Flame Retardants

Antimony and Bromine Free Flame Retardants

Why Bromine Free?Bromine containing molecules (in particular Decabromodiphenyl ether) have historically been used as very effective flame retardants. In recent years they are coming under increasing scrutiny for their safety with regards to human health and the environment. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has submitted a proposal for the restriction of "Manufacture, use and placing on the market of DecaBDE and of mixtures and articles containing it".(ECHA, August 2014)

Why Antimony Free?Antimony oxides which are often used as synergistic additives with brominated compounds, also have serious health implications associated with them. Antimony trioxide has been classified by ECHA as a suspected carcinogen.