Ride the Lightning in a TDCPP Chair?
October 3, 2013 7:01 PM Subscribe
So this Office Chair I bought has the flame retardant Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TDCPP) in the cushion. Which appears to have cancer implications. Should I keep the chair? Wait, wait, hear me out.
posted by rakim to shopping (10 answers total)
Upon delivery from that online jungle store, I see the chair's box has that yellow State of California warning label saying it was made with chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or reproductive harm. I learn that TDCPP is the chemical in the cushion. It is used as a flame retardant.
I looked for months for a decent chair, even buying and returning other chairs, before finally going with an online purchase. I need an office chair badly. There was no hint on the page that the product was made with TDCPP, so I could buy another chair and it have the same sticker upon delivery. Or this chemical could be in 99% of office chairs.
For other products with this chemical, there are often suggestions about making sure to wash your hands, or not to put your hands in your mouth after touching the item. From what I could tell, the chemical can become airborne and then be ingested somehow. Specifically with TDCPP, the issue is it being a neurotoxin and causing cancer.
The person I know who has the chair laughed off getting rid of theirs when I told them about the chemical. I'd hate to die of cancer of course, but I am wondering if anybody out there has experience beyond just casual suggestions of what to do. Perhaps you are familiar with research on this chemical or with ordering office furniture. If you work for the flame retardant industry, please do not answer this question.
There will be no kids or anyone pregnant around the chair. Is this dangerous and I should immediately ship it back? Or is the danger comparable to a normal day in life?