Recently, through a wide range of Maine ban, if the fabric of cloth art furniture, soft mat or other covering materials contain more than 0.1% flame retardant chemical concentration, or contains more than 0.1% flame retardant chemical mixture concentration, may not be sold within the state and distribution. The ban was originally rejected by governor LePage, but was backed by members of the republican and democratic parties in the state legislature, who eventually overthrew the governor's decision. The ban will take effect on January 1, 2019.
The Maine law defines "cloth art furniture" as for residential use indoors or other dwelling house furniture, whole or partial contains elastic cushion materials, covering encase with cloth or related material. "Flame retardant chemicals" means chemicals or compounds that can resist or inhibit the spread of fire. These chemicals including halogenated, phosphorus, nitrogen and nanoscale flame retardants, and according to the federal law 29 (g), 1910.1200 (2015) department regulations formulated by the material safety data sheet in the word "flame retardant chemicals or compounds.
The state of Maine has set a precedent for the ban, which basically covers all kinds of toxic flame retardants in residential fabric furniture, media reports said. By contrast, the bans in other states are less comprehensive than those in Maine because of the active lobbying by chemical producers. The ban is supported by the view that fire retardant chemicals are not required to ensure fire safety and to replace other harmful chemicals.