SAFEGUARDS | Consumer products NO. 084/19
In 2015, the US state of Minnesota approved measures to restrict four organo-halogenated flame retardants (OFRs) in children’s products and upholstered residential furniture (SF 1215, Chapter 62, 2015-2016, Safeguard 87/15). The restrictions in the law (2018 Minnesota Statutes, Section 325F.071), are implemented in two phases:
- July 1, 2018 for manufacturers or wholesalers
- July 1, 2019 for retailers
On May 22, 2019, the governor of Minnesota signed into law the HF 359 bill (Chapter 47, 2019-2020) to strengthen the aforementioned flame retardant law by expanding the scope of products and flame retardants. This amendment exempts the following from the new restrictions:
- A children’s product, mattress, upholstered residential furniture, or residential textile where a federal flammability standard exists
- An electronic component of a children’s product, mattress, upholstered residential furniture, or residential textile or associated casing
- Components of an adult mattress other than foam
- A previously owned product containing OFRs
- Thread or fiber for stitching mattress components
Highlights of HF 359 (Chapter 47, 2019-2020) on flame retardants and a comparison with SF 1215 (Chapter 62, 2015-2016) are summarized in Table 1.
Section 325F.071 ‘Flame-Retardant Chemicals; Prohibition’
|HF 359 (2019-2020)
||SF 1215 (2015-2016)|
|Flame retardant||Organo-halogenated flame retardants||Deca-BDE, HBCDD, TCEP and TDCPP|
|Requirement||≤ 1000 ppm each organo-halogenated flame retardant||≤ 1000 ppm each flame retardant
*Excluding the following:
It is also noteworthy that Minnesota has restricted two flame retardants, Penta-BDE and Octa-BDE, in products since 2008 (Minnesota Statutes 325E.386).
Another important new measure in the HF 359 bill is the prohibition of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS chemicals) in Class B firefighting foams. This ban will become effective on July 1, 2020.
|Item||Acronym||Flame Retardant||CAS Number|
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