SYSTEMATIC ASSESSMENT FOR FLAME RETARDANTS
WHAT IS SAFR™?
SAFR™ is a framework that provides a rigorous evaluation of specific flame retardants in their applications, thus enabling users to choose the most sustainable product for the intended use. As such, SAFR™ is committed to the sustainable management of chemicals from the very first stage of the product design.
Flame retardants enable inherently flammable materials to meet rigorous fire safety standards. From everyday electronics to airplane plastics and cinema seating, flame retarded materials are an essential part of safe modern living. Nevertheless, fire safety should not compromise safety for human health and the environment: this is where the SAFR™ framework goes the extra mile.
With our company’s purpose of going where needs take us, we set ourselves a challenge: could an easy to follow system be introduced for flame retardants to reward best in class based on performance, inherent properties and the level of potential human and environmental exposure in use? We believe SAFR™ is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of consumer product manufacturers and can provide both a simple and science-based framework that goes beyond regulatory systems.
HOW DOES SAFR™ WORK?
SAFR™ allows for the measurement of the sustainability profile of individual flame retardants based on their use. By using the latest available scientific data, SAFR™ ensures the use of the appropriate flame retardant for the application in question and when needed, the replacement with an effective and more sustainable solution.
Building on accepted hazard criteria, SAFR™ assesses the extent to which hazards translate into potential risks due to possible exposure to humans and/or the environment during a product’s service life.
SAFR™ has an exposure-based approach that utilizes quantifiable accelerated blooming, leaching or volatilization data from the base material matrix to thoroughly evaluate the use of the chemical in the chosen application. SAFR™ sassessment of the given flame retardant leads to the identification of:
1. Uses that are either recommended, acceptable or not recommended, or
2. Unacceptable hazards in which case alternatives can be identified.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SAFR™?
More information about SAFR™? is available for any interested party upon request to ICL-IP. Please send any request you may have to SAFR@icl-group.com or to your local ICL sales manager.
ABOUT ICL INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS
ICL-IP, part of the ICL group, manufactures and markets a broad range of industrial chemicals based on phosphorous, bromine, magnesium, chlorine and salts. We harness our assets and capabilities and lead in the development of innovative and creative solutions that address the essential needs of humanity in an ever changing world.