UL has led the enablement of better product safety for more than a century, through research and open forums where top safety experts can exchange their scientific knowledge and experience.

Through UL’s initiative on Safety Convergence, UL facilitated a stakeholder dialogue on product flammability and human health. To better understand the science behind the intersecting risks of chemical exposure and furniture flammability, more than 60 experts and practitioners met for a two- day period to review product flammability policies, current knowledge of acute and chronic health effects of flame retardants, and new technology and material developments for fire resistant products.

The Proceedings summarizes key expert presentations and panel discussions on fire statistics, flammability codes and standards, flame retardant chemistries, human health and environmental impact of flame retardants, and developing strategies for fire safe/chemical safe products. An evolving health concern of fire fighter exposure to flame retardants and other chemical byproducts of fire events was also discussed. The Summit, which took place in May 2014 in Atlanta, Ga, was co- convened with The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and the United States Fire Administration (FEMA).

According to Dr. Marilyn Black, the Summit Director, “With the public’s increasing concern of chemicals in our everyday products and consumer expectation of safe products, this discussion platform was instrumental in examining the sound science and identifying next steps for converging fire and chemical safety requirements for furniture and other products.”