The Flame Retardant Dilemma and Beyond


This symposium brought together contributors from academia, industry, government, and NGOs to share information on the science and policy of harmful chemicals found in consumer products and building materials.

Date: Friday, February 12, 2016
Time: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Location: University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA

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9:00am: The Problem of Highly Fluorinated and other Harmful Chemicals

01Arlene Blum, PhD
Visiting Scholar, Chemistry, UC Berkeley; Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute
Six Classes: Beyond Flame Retardants

02Andrew Lindstrom, PhD
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Highly Fluorinated Substances: Our Evolving Challenge

03Callie Lyons
Author and journalist
Stain-resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8

10:35am: Solutions

04Meredith Williams, PhD
Deputy Director, CA Department of Toxic Substances Control
California Safer Consumer Products Regulatory Framework and the Six Classes Approach

05John Warner, PhD
President, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
Inventing Green Chemistry Alternatives to the “Six Classes” of Harmful Chemicals

11:20am: Six Classes Panel Discussion

Including morning speakers and Malin Nasman, Product Requirements & Compliance Specialist, IKEA North America Services

1:15pm: Healthier Buildings

06Gina Ciganik
Advisor of Housing Innovation at Healthy Building Network
Healthier Materials = Healthier Lives, the Next Chapter of Affordable Housing

07Justin Paddock, JD
Chief, California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI)
A History of Thermal Insulation Regulations in California

2:00pm Fire Safety Panel Discussion

Joseph Fleming, Deputy Chief, Boston Fire Department – Flame Retardant Dilemma and Beyond
Ethan Foote, Retired Assistant Chief, CA Office of the State Fire Marshal
Dave Panning, M.S., M.B.A., Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) – Open Flame Regulations and the Furniture Industry – Another Challenge
Roberta Dessi, LLM, Secretary General, European Furniture Industries Confederation

3:15pm Final Panel Discussion with Speakers and Wrap Up