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Government says Boric Acid Leaches from Mattresses

 

 9. Permanence of Fire-retardant Formulations

Of special interest to the corrections community has been the issue of permanence of fire retardants in mattresses. A significant fraction of current-day correctional mattresses use boric acid treated cotton batting as the core material. This treatment is impermanent in that it is subject to both mechanical segregation and leaching. Thus, part of NIST activity involved developing a leaching procedure and subjecting all bench-scale specimens to Cone Calorimeter testing under two conditions: as-received, and leached.

 

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