Hickory, North Carolina -- Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co, a manufacturer of foam components to the furniture, bedding and transport markets, is to remove the fire retardant TDCPP [tris (dichloropropyl)phosphate] from its foam formulations and production facilities.
"The decision to eliminate TDCPP from our foam products did not come easily or without cost," said Buster Mann, foam senior vice president. "But at the end of the day, it was the right thing to do, and it supports our goal to be a proactive leader within the marketplace."
Hickory Springs said TDCPP has come under fire as a potential health threat, and last October it appeared on the California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) list of materials that can increase the risk of contracting cancer, according to California regulatory authorities.
Prop 65 requires California manufacturers and retailers of products sold in California to notify workers, communities and consumers when chemicals identified as having the potential to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm are present in their products, workplace environment or retail store.
Though Hickory Springs noted that the Prop 65 list includes more than 800 materials, including coffee, petrol and balsamic vinegar, according to regulations, products containing these materials and sold in California must come with a Prop 65 cancer warning label.
"Even though Prop 65 does not ban or restrict the use of any material, including TDCPP, Hickory Springs has chosen to eliminate the chemical from its formulations," explained Mann. "We realise Californians are inundated with Prop 65 warnings in almost all aspects of their daily lives, but the thought of placing warning labels on furniture or mattresses was something Hickory Springs was not comfortable with doing."
Mann suggested that Hickory Springs customers should consider shipping older material to locations outside of California for sale purposes.