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, with the help of Plastics Color Corporation’s FlamaSol FR™.
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, an industry leader in plastics and innovation, took this opportunity to develop the alternative — FlamaSol FR.
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. FlamaSol FR 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. With the approval of all of the respected governing agencies in place, FlamaSol FR is now available as one of the safest and most effective formulas for the construction industry.
FlamaSol FR can play a crucial part in reducing the devastating impact of fires on a job site. By preventing fires from starting, or limiting the ability to spread, flame retardants create a safer working and living environment for all occupants. Plastics Color offers a full range of additives and compounds to pair with FlamaSol FR that is commonly used in the construction field today. The versatility of FlamaSol FR allows it to be utilized within many different construction applications.
FlamaSol and low halogen Polypropylene (PP) 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. Developing building materials with FlamaSol plays an important role in suppressing or inhibiting flames, which can to saving lives as well as valuable property.
Nylon on construction sites is 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. FlamaSol paired fully non-halogenated versions help to reduce the risk of severe melting and additional damage.
When paired with FlamaSol, fully non-halogenated versions can be employed for Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) in housewraps, ceiling tiles, carpets, and other fabrics. The addition of FlamaSol 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.
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 FlamaSol 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 complete 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.
These are only a few of the many ways FlamaSol FR can help to create a safe job site. For additional uses and solutions for FlamaSol FR, visit www.PlasticsColor.com to reach out to a Plastics Color representative for additional details.