CEH is testing products for the presence of flame retardants. Flame retardants are in many consumer products including furniture and children’s products like changing pads, car seats, baby positioners and other products containing foam. Many of these products have to comply with California’s outdated and ineffective standard, TB 117. Some products, like pre-school children’s nap mats, are not covered by any flammability regulations and therefore do not legally require flame retardants. Yet CEH has found that many of these products nevertheless contain toxic chemical flame retardants.
CEH is identifying these products and urging manufacturers to eliminate the toxic chemicals. As new flammability standards are passed, CEH will work to hold manufacturers accountable for getting rid of toxic flame retardant chemicals from their products.