Earlier this month, the Norwegian government placed a ban on our line of fire retardant tapes (and any products currently at market) that contained a component known as Deca-BDA. This item has been commonly used in the textile industry for years, and was an added flame resistant component in the internal layers of our line of fire retardant reflective tape.
We always strive to improve the quality of our products and seek to remain in compliance with government and industry regulations on safe products – after all we can’t keep professionals and consumers safe if the materials we use are deemed unsafe.
“We were already in the process of changing over our flame resistant tapes, because while we’re always conscious about the safety of professional workers, we’re also conscious of the environment.” Said Håvard Spaniland, Quality Assurance Manager of Sto-Nor Industri. “Sto-Nor has initiated a phase-out of the existing version, which contains traces of Deca-BDE as an active FR substance in the adhesive layer of the tape.”
Understanding Deca-BDA in Flame Resistant Reflective Tape & Textiles
Deca-BDE is permitted to be used in work wear and professional clothing in Europe and the United States, but some studies show that it does have a potential to harm the environment. It has been confirmed that the component poses no health risks to those who wear textiles utilizing this component because the substance is used within the internal adhesive layer.
Still – we care about the environment as much as we care about the people we protect with our flame resistant reflective tape. As such, we’ve updated the product to meet the standards set forth by the Norwegian government. Our flame resistant reflective tape (product ID 9801) now contains no traces of Deca-BDA.
Updating our Flame Resistant Reflective Tape – Same Great Performance, Same Look
The ban placed on previous versions of our 9801 flame resistant reflective tape did not affect the certificates held for those products, and the update in no way changes the physical appearance or performance of our line of reflective tapes.
Any products in stock with Loxy or with our customers has been deemed safe to use, and will be replaced with the updated 9801 reflective tape once stocks are depleted.
If you have questions about our line of flame resistant reflective tape, you’re welcome to contact us at your leisure, and one of our account representatives can answer any questions or concerns you may have.