CPSC Risk Assessment
If you are skeptical
Please see the facts firsthand in a few highlighted pages of the US Consumer
Products Safety Commission (CPSC) Risk Assessment of Flameproof Mattresses.
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They have proven known acutely toxic and cancer causing chemicals leach
from flameproof mattresses in large quantities and are absorbed by our
There is no science that says this is safe. The only document justifying
this regulation is the internally generated CPSC risk assessment that
manipulates everything possible to reach a preexisting conclusion. It
basically failed the independent review as they rebutted and ignored the
recommendations of the independent reviewer. They underestimate the amount
of poisons we absorb, overestimate the amount that is safe, change and omit
relevant tests, and exclude children under age five. Yet only 37 days
after completion of this report, and over the objections of 800 Doctor and
public comments, the CPSC voted 3-0 to enact the national flameproof
We know we absorb medicine through our skin from small patches. By assuming,
without skin absorption data, that we would absorb only 1/10,000’s of the
Boric Acid, 1/1,000’s of the DBDPO, 2/1,000 of the Antimony, that has
leached to the surface and contacts our body, the government says we will
absorb an average daily dose of .081 mg Boric Acid, .073 mg DBDPO, .802 mg
Antimony, every night, for the rest of our lives.
The CPSC concludes this amount of poison absorption is safe for everyone
except children under age five, who they excluded from the risk assessment
by assuming all these young children will sleep on vinyl sheets due to
bedwetting problems, and that this will protect them from the toxic
chemicals. Other research has proven Antimony leaches through vinyl on
mattresses. Crib mattresses must also be flameproof under the law.
(Research has shown even remarkably low level toxin exposure can be harmful,
particularly for the developing fetus and young child.)
The independent reviewer complained strongly that they changed the rules of
the National Academes of Science ‘Child Sucking Test.’ Then they did not
even apply the test to young children who the test was designed to protect.
We had previously informed the CPSC that our calculations showed flameproof
mattresses would clearly fail this test.
The independent reviewer complained repeatedly that CPSC assumptions of safe
levels of toxin absorption do not agree with other agencies. Indeed, if you
use the EPA number for Antimony safe absorption in CPSC safety calculations,
even with their low skin absorption assumptions, it proves mattresses
toxic by 27.5 times.
When pressed by the independent reviewer about the cancer risks, the CPSC
admits: “The cancer effects are cumulative, every exposure contributes to
the overall lifetime risk of developing cancer.”