In the construction industry, there are hazards that stand to threaten a job site every single day. “Each year, an estimated 4,800 construction site fires cause $35 million in property loss,” as, reported by the U.S. Fire Administration. It’s an expensive and, more importantly, potentially deadly problem to have. Safeguarding a construction site is imperative and this is why it is important to protect your site and your crew.
The Evolution of Safety
FlamaSol FR was first developed to help fill an industry void. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) called for the removal of decabromodiphenyl ether from use in all flame retardants. The chemical components found in common construction materials, such as electrical conduit and switch boxes, were discovered to be toxic. Harmful to humans and the environment, decabromodiphenyl ether was just as dangerous as the fires it was built to prevent. The EPA set a 2012 deadline to eliminate the use of decabromodiphenyl ether in plastics. Plastics Color took this opportunity to develop the alternative—FlamaSol FR.
Tested and Approved
Plastics Color’s team of scientists tested a wide variety of materials under simulated temperature and combustion conditions to ensure this formula offered superb extinguishing performance for plastic products without the use of hazardous chemicals. The product surpasses the testing standards of UL 94 and ANSI 4996 for plastic pallets, while also performing better than any of Plastics Color’s previous flame retardant systems.
By preventing fires from starting, or limiting the ability to spread, flame retardants create a safer working and living environment for all occupants. The versatility of this product allows it to be utilized within many different construction applications.
Concrete, Pipes, Sidings
FlamaSol and low halogen Polypropylene blends can be utilized with concrete (which is used to increase strength, avoid shrinkage, and reduce cracking), pipes, and sidings. These basic building materials are often highly combustible and make up the majority of a building’s square footage.
Nylon on construction sites are frequently used to promote safety on a construction site. Cargo lifting, vertical and perimeter debris netting, and personal safety nets are vital, but the dangers of sparks and open flames are always present. Paired fully non-halogenated versions help to reduce the risk of severe melting and additional damage.
Housewraps, Ceiling Tiles, Carpets
When paired with this product, fully non-halogenated versions can be employed for Polyethylene Terephthalate in housewraps, ceiling tiles, carpets, and other fabrics. The addition of this can help meet or exceed the strict guidelines administered by the Flammable Fabrics Act, which protect the public from the hazards to life, health, and property caused by dangerously flammable products.
Cables and Wires
There are many fire hazards that taunt a construction site on a daily basis. From inadequate insulation to an overload on the electric wiring to careless employees, the risk of fire is everywhere. Combining with white, black, and natural concentrates for use with cables and wires can help limit or prevent extensive fire damage.
Custom formulas can also be created to help you compete your construction project. Plastics Color’s scientists are readily available to assist customers with solutions for various applications including injection molding, extrusion, and blow molding to name a few.
For additional uses and solutions, visit www.PlasticsColor.com.