General :Plastics Testing for Product Safety can be divided into two categories:
Flammability Test Objectives: There are four primary objectives for flame testing & flame ratings of plastics for Product Safety compliance (UL, CSA, EN-CE, IEC standards).
Flammability Tests & Flame Ratings:
Flame Rating System: Flame tests done with a Bunsen burner result in these ratings
Conclusions: Of the 6 Hazards of Product Safety (whitepapers #30 – 35), the most potentially severe is “Risk of Fire”, in a worst case scenario where fire starts in a product, then spreads to the supporting surface, and eventually the building structure. This is absolutely the greatest concern of all. In this manner, a large number of people can be put into a life threatening situation. Plastics are flammable by nature, so the use of plastics in product design increases the risk of such an event. Consequently, it is very important that product designers use properly flame rated plastic materials to insure that they will not add fuel to a fire or worse, allow a fire to escape the product enclosure.
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