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Introduction

In order to manage certain flammability requirements, chemical flame retardants are often added to furniture components. In some cases, flame retardant usage is being reduced through elimination or replacement with more benign alternatives. The health risks associated with flame retardants have been well documented. Studies have shown that exposure to some flame retardants can lead to health concerns such as cancer, thyroid disruption, delayed mental and physical development, advanced puberty, and reduced fertility. This study examined and compared both chemical exposure and flammability characteristics of similar furniture from the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK).

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