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DINP in vinyl flooring gets safe determination

RFCI LogoLaGrange, Ga.—The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued a Safe Use Determination (SUD) under Prop 65 for diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in vinyl flooring products. The finding is based on OEHHA’s determination that vinyl flooring products containing 18.9% or less of DINP by weight do not expose occupants of residences and commercial buildings to DINP exceeding “safe harbor levels.” Therefore, a Prop 65 consumer warning for qualifying products is not required. DINP has been used as a plasticizer in many products, including vinyl floors, to make them flexible.

The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) asked OEHHA in November 2014 to evaluate exposure to DINP in vinyl flooring and issue an SUD after the chemical was added to the state’s Prop 65 list in December 2013. The request was the first SUD sought since late 2007. OEHHA issued the SUD on June 21, 2016.

“We are pleased that OEHHA has reviewed exposure levels of DINP in virgin and recycled vinyl flooring and found that qualifying products do not require a Prop 65 warning,” said Dean Thompson, RFCI president. “OEHHA’s decision confirms that DINP in vinyl flooring not exceeding the 18.9% threshold is safe and appropriate for homes and commercial buildings. DINP is a thoroughly studied compound that enhances the flexibility, resiliency, and long-lasting performance of many vinyl products.”

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State of the industry: Carpet continues to bounce along at the bottom

As the third quarter of 2011 comes to a close, FCNews asked a few important questions of a few important players in the carpet industry: How has business been? Have this year’s challenges been different from those we saw in 2010? What are consumers buying? What is the deal with all this carpet-related legislation coming from California?

Overall, last year’s increase in spending from the first-time homeowners tax credit gave consumers a boost in confidence to remodel—though on a smaller scale than in years past—and has begun to wane. Commitment to new production technologies, new trends and a resilient frame of mind has kept residential carpet sales relatively flat over the last nine months and given a lift to the commercial market. Continue reading State of the industry: Carpet continues to bounce along at the bottom

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California rejects CRI offer to fund emissions research

HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has rejected the carpet industry’s offer to fund additional research aimed at clearing up the controversy over OEHHA’s proposed reductions in caprolactam exposure levels.

According to Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) vice president Frank Hurd, OEHHA’s labeling of caprolactam as a potential hazard to humans is unfounded, particularly in light of the abundance of recent data proving otherwise. “OEHHA’s recommendation, which attempts to reduce the allowable exposure levels of caprolactam from 100 micrograms emitted per cubic meter of air down to 2μg/m3, would likely have far-reaching impact on the use of nylon 6 for carpet fiber.” Continue reading California rejects CRI offer to fund emissions research