Ardsley, New York -- ICL Industrial Products America Inc. has commented following the current debate surrounding the hazards of flame retardants for polyurethane.
ICL said that its fire retardant Fyrol PCF (TCPP), which has been in use for more than 30 years, "is both safe and effective in its intended uses."
Fyrol PCF is used primarily by manufacturers of rigid foam insulation used in building construction to meet fire safety building codes, with a product that presents no health or environmental risks.
"Recently published and blogged comments alleging that flame retardants are ineffective in protecting foam insulation from ignition and present health and environmental risks are misleading. Furthermore, countries around the world are bringing their building codes in line with those of the US in response to deadly and costly fires," said Greg Symes, Global Polyurethane Business Unit manager, ICL-Industrial Products America Inc.
Symes also said that Fyrol PCF has been thoroughly reviewed in a 2008 European Risk Assessment and in the 2010 REACH process (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical Substances).
Fyrol PCF remains an effective and efficient flame retardant that enables manufacturers of rigid insulation foam to comply with safety standards worldwide, the company emphasised.
ICL-Industrial Products said it continues to work closely with its customers to develop new flame retardant chemistry to meet changing performance needs and safety requirements.