California Bans Flame Retardants in Certain Consumer Products

September 12, 2018
On August 29, 2018, California voted to approve a bill banning flame retardants in children’s products, mattresses, and upholstered furniture. This ban covers any flame retardant at concentrations above 1,000 parts per million (ppm). The bill also requires the International Sleep Products Association to submit a survey report of mattress producers every three years describing the materials being used to meet flammability standards.

Once the bill is signed into law, California will join a number of other states in banning flame retardants. However, California’s bill extends beyond many states because it bans all flame retardants, rather than specific chemicals. Details of California’s ban and bans in other states can be found in the table below.
How can Exponent help?

Exponent has many health scientists and materials engineers, who can assist you in determining whether your consumer products may contain these chemicals, how to substitute them, and how to monitor future production. In addition, we have fire protection specialists who can assist you with meeting fire regulations in the absence of these specific flame retardants.


[1] Please note that there are often specific exemptions or product descriptors. Please see the original legal text for more information.

[2} TCEP = tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate

TDCPP = tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate

Penta-BDE = pentabromodiphenyl ether

Octa-BDE = octabromodiphenyl ether

Deca-BDE = decabromodiphenyl ether

HBCD = hexabromocyclododecane

TBBPA = tetrabromobisphenol A

[3] July 1, 2012, for plastic housings for TVs and computers and July 1, 2013, for plastic shipping pallets.