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In this edition of Meet the Experts, Nuno Bacharel, Communications Manager at BSEF, speaks to Dr. Guillermo Rein, Professor of Fire Science at Imperial College London, about the history and future of fire safety. Guillermo also explains how flame retardants, such as Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs), reduce the flammability of polymers. Dr. Rein describes fire as “the greatest discovery of humanity”....

In 2001, the European Commission published the EU’s General Product Safety Directive (GPSD), a directive ensuring safe products are sold on the market. 20 years later the GPSD is open for consultation. What are the new challenges? The hyper connected society that we live in, together with the increasing number of electronic devices at our homes and offices. Flame retardants...

Bromine and brominated organohalogens are often misunderstood and considered problematic for man and the environment. However, this perception masks a fascinating and surprising reality. BSEF recently invited Dr. Gordon W. Gribble, a leading expert on bromine and brominated organohalogens from Dartmouth College in the United States, to discuss the origin of bromine and the perceived risks associated with it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObF9O2rOcKU Bromine and...

Tetrabromobisphenol-a, TBBPA is the most commonly used brominated flame retardant due to its effectiveness, applicability, safety and regulatory status. Used all around the world, TBBPA is a substance registered for use in the European Union under the REACH legislation. The EU risk assessment of TBBPA found that the risk reduction measures currently in place are sufficient. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5hbVvmRyC4 With an average of over...

In order to foster the bromine ecosystem in India, BSEF together with the India Chemical Council have developed India Bromine Platform (IBP). What is the importance of the platform and what are the benefits of such a platform? Bromine is an essential and versatile chemical that has wide variety of applications contributing to society and economy like flame retardants, mercury emission...

On the 4th of September it took place the 2020 China Antimony Industry Conference in Changde, Hunan Province. Harry Du, Secretary-General of BSEF China, presented the latest updates in the global standards and regulations related to flame retardants. Harry Du made reference to the EU Eco-design regulation and explained that “the EU made a mistake in restricting halogenated flame retardants in...

Bromine-based technologies contribute to sustainability including circular solutions, fulfilling a wide range of environmental, social and economic needs in water treatment, mercury emissions control, fire safety, energy storage, pharmaceuticals and rubber. With respect to electronics, Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs), contribute to fire safety due to the reduced propensity of materials for ignition. This not only means a contribution to saving lives,...

In the home appliance industry, promoting consumer safety and circularity is crucial. For Paolo Falcioni, Director General of APPLiA (Home Appliance Europe), circularity should be present from the manufacturing process, to the consumer use, and all the way to the recycling of the product. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf_m2I9iAkg According to Falcioni, home appliances can help contribute to the circular economy by enabling more people to...

Every year around 5,000 people die and around 50,000 people are injured in residential fires across the EU¹, presenting a danger to families and their livelihoods. Brominated flame retardants can help prevent or slow down fires when used in consumer products such as furniture and electronics. When a fire breaks out in a home, every second counts to help people, especially...