HBO documentary looks at FR chemicals in upholstery
November 21, 2013,
NEW YORK — The issue of toxic chemicals in upholstery foam is the subject of a HBO documentary scheduled to air on Monday, Nov. 25, the New York Times reports.
In "Toxic Hot Seat," directors James Redford and Kirby Walker explore the health impact of the flame retardants that have been used in upholstery foam since Technical Bulletin 117, a California law, was adopted in 1975, requiring upholstery suppliers to include flame retardants.
Currently, proposed modifications to TB 117 include testing foam with smoldering materials instead of an open flame, the testing model used since the flammability standard was enacted. The California Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation released the proposed modifications to the flammability test in August and also included a later compliance date for manufacturers.
In addition to the HBO documentary, the Center for Environmental Health released a report this week on the presence of flame retardants in children's furniture. That report can be read here.