New regulations make it easier for manufacturers to create products that do not contain flame retardant chemicals. A 30-year-old California standard, TB 117, required heavy applications of flame retardant chemicals in many products. In 2013, this standard was updated to TB 117-2103, which doesn’t mandate the use of chemicals in products.
Joseph Allen, Assistant Professor of Exposure Assessment Science at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Healthy Buildings program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, explains why consumers can now make informed decisions about the products we purchase.