PFA Roundtable Agenda, May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018 Rountable Discussion Agenda

Renaissance Vinoy
St. Petersburg, FL


1:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Roundtable Discussions- Paid registration required

This spring's PFA Technical Program will be made up of roundtable discussions on isocyanates; state and federal regulation of flame retardants in furniture, mattresses and children's products; and increased value chain scrutiny of volatile emissions from automotive materials and interior furnishings. We hope that robust discussion will lead to strategic direction and priority tasks for PFA members and staff. Panels will feature executives and technical experts from foam manufacturers and suppliers, who will be asked to characterize the challenge facing the industry and suggest possible industry responses. Panelists will then respond to questions and comments. Audience participation will be strongly encouraged to broaden perspectives. At the end of each session, action items will be identified.  (Download PDF Flyer)

Panel 1: Isocyanates 

Bobby Bush, Jr., HSM Solutions
Norman Enix, Elite Comfort Solutions
Mark McKinney, BASF



Scientific findings, even erroneous ones, have real impacts on the regulatory and marketplace challenges faced by the industry. ACGIH’s revised TLV and STEL for TDI are now reflected on U.S. OSHA Hazard Communications materials, and are being considered as mandatory OEL’s by the Province of Ontario. The National Toxicology Program’s 1980’s classification of TDI as a “reasonably anticipated” human carcinogen was based on oral exposure in rats, and has triggered possible restrictions among some end users. The panel will comment on how industry can affect scientific determinations, and educate regulators and product users about best practices in workplace safety and product stewardship. Goal: identify priority decision makers, advocacy materials, inter-industry cooperation needs, and research plans.


Panel 2: State and Federal Flame Retardant Regulation

Joel Tenney, ICL
Lynn Knudtson, Future Foam
Don Coleman, UFAC



In the last decade, multiple states have acted to restrict the use of various flame retardants in furniture, mattresses and children's products and to require labeling of FR content. The laws differ in the FR's covered, and in the chemical concentration allowed in the product. The resulting patchwork of bans and labeling provisions is challenging for product sellers, enforcement authorities and consumers. U.S. CPSC has initiated a project that could result in national regulation of organohalogen FRs and impose labeling requirements, but final decisions are likely years away. Goal: Specify strategies for working with firefighters, NGO's and lawmakers to achieve a more coherent, harmonized approach to regulation of FRs.

Panel 3: Volatile Emissions In Auto Cabins, Interior Environments 

Bill Gollnitz, Plastomer
John Sebroski, Covestro
Rob Borgogelli, Evonik



Volatile emissions from foam and other materials are drawing increasing scrutiny from the supply chain. Through tools like the Global Automotive Declarable Substance List (GADSL), automotive OEM's and Tiers are pressing material suppliers for greater disclosure of chemical content.  Using LEED and other green building programs, architects and designers are exerting similar pressure on suppliers of furnishings and office systems. This panel will cover what foam producers and their chemical suppliers are doing to limit product emissions, and how to confront unreasonable deselection initiatives. Goal: Provide input to PFA Executive Committee and staff to assist in issue characterization strategy development plans.