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Flame Retardants in Electric and Electronic Casings, 2021

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23-03-015July 2023
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Author(s) Holquist, K. and K. Nelson
Description In 2021, the Department of Ecology conducted a study to assess the presence of nine flame retardants in the plastic casings of electric and electronic equipment. Flame retardants prioritized included those identified in the Safer Products for Washington program, are listed as Chemicals of High Concern to Children (CHCC), and/or are included in the Children’s Safe Products Act (CSPA).

Organophosphate flame retardants RDP and TPP were detected in several external electrical casing components from a variety of products. Concentrations of RDP and TPP varied between 0.02% and 9.3% and 0.15% to 0.7%, respectively. Categories of products with detectable RDP and/or TPP were computer components, video games, cameras, vacuums, and one hair styler. Halogenated flame retardants could not be determined in any products due to laboratory data quality issues. Data for those compounds cannot be used to support the Safer Products for Washington program (implementation of Chapter 70A.350 RCW).
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Keywords electronics, consumer products, Chemical of High Concern to Children, flame retardants, CSPA, product testing, Children's Safe Products Act, CHCC
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