Rhode Island Bans Flame Retardants
Early in spring of 2017, Rhode Island passed bill H5082 that bans the sale of “upholstered bedding and furniture” that contains more than 100 parts per million of any organohalogen flame retardant. There was stall in passing of the bill due to the General Assembly taking an adjournment in the summer. That legislation became law on September 18th, 2017 without Governor Gina Raimando’s (D) signature.
There is effort by bedding regulation organizations to define “upholstered bedding”, which is not defined in the law, and feel it is not intended to include mattresses. The legislation was largely supported by concerns about the health of firefighters.
The law takes effect July 1, 2019.
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