May 2019 Meeting

May 22-23, 2019
St. Petersburg, FL

MAY 22-23, 2019, ST PETERSBURG, FL

May 2019 PFA Meeting Schedule
Wednesday, May 22, 2019


10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CertiPUR-US® Meeting – Open to all


2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Industry Issues Forum – Paid registration required 

The Industry Issues Forum features presenters from key industry associations on pressing topics for the industry.  There will be individual speakers, followed by a roundtable discussion  

Individual Speakers

1. Diisocyanates Panel Update Timothy Feeley, Covestro, ACC Disiocyanates Panel, International Isocyanates Institute

Feeley will provide an update of the panel’s work, including a preview of the III’s dermal transfer study, which he will further detail in a presentation during Thursday’s Technical Program.


3. Carpet Cushion Industry Update Bob Clark, Carpet Cushion Council

Clark will report on CCC activities and the state of the carpet cushion market.


5. OSHA/ACC National Alliance on Isocyanates. Joan Spencer, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA Tampa Area Office

Ms. Spencer is an industrial hygienist and OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) with many years of experience. As part of the ACC OSHA National Alliance on Isocyanates, Ms. Spencer will provide an update on OSHA’s ongoing mission and priorities during the current administration. She will also cover compliance assistance and other resources available for workers and employers.


2. Dumping, Tariffs, and NAFTA Oh My. 2019 Trade Developments Impacting the Foam Industry, Yohai Baisburd, Cassidy, Levy Kent, LLP

Yohai Baisburd is a partner with Cassidy Levy Kent LLP in Washington, DC.  He counsels companies, trade associations (including ISPA) and governments in a variety of international trade matters in the United States and globally.His practice focuses on trade litigation such as antidumping cases and import/export compliance.  He will be discussing ongoing antidumping cases, tariffs, and trade agreements/negotiations that impact the foam industry.


4. UFAC Update Bobby Bush, Technical Director, UFAC

Bush will report on the Upholstered Furniture Action Council activities and home furnishings flammability issues.

Industry Issues Roundtable Discussion:  
In Product Safety and Chemical Regulation, Washington is Ceding Power to States and Localities

Frustrated by what they view as weak federal regulation of products, chemical content, and emissions, some states and localities have enacted their own restrictions. Others have established labelling and reporting laws to shame manufacturers away from chemicals receiving media and blog attention. California is a leader in this trend, requiring Prop 65 labeling of products containing any of about 900 “listed” chemicals, and limiting air emissions from wood products and power equipment. Another dozen states require reporting to state authorities of about 75 “chemicals of concern” in products intended for consumers under 12 years of age. Coupled with the “green” purchasing policies of retailers, these laws prompt marketplace deselection and effectively dictate how products are manufactured and sold nationwide.

Roundtable Panelists

Bill Guerry is a partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and co-chairs the firm’s Environmental Law group.  His practice focuses on environmental, energy and alternative fuels regulation. For over three decades, Bill has represented corporate clients and national trade associations in the vehicle, engine, and power tools sectors. One priority has been federal preemption of state air regulation of mobile sources. He has advocated before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), federal courts and numerous state environmental agencies.  He studied law at the University of Virginia.

Maureen F. Gorsen is a Partner, Alston & Bird, Sacramento. She was appointed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to lead the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). She also served as  General Counsel of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA). In these roles, she developed insight into the tools that the state’s elected officials and regulators use to wield power over businesses and consumers.

Tracy Hammond is a Senior Policy Advisor at Polsinelli PC. He advises clients on the potential impacts of federal legislation and regulatory actions, with an emphasis on both threats and opportunities. He has worked extensively on energy issues, product safety, and chemical regulation. Tracy has served clients in the chemical, biofuels, plastics, building products and carpet industries. He received a masters degree from George Washington University.

James T. McIntyre, PFA Legal Counsel, will moderate.  During the Administration of President Jimmy Carter, McIntyre headed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a Cabinet-level position.  OMB is responsible for coordinating federal regulatory policy, and evaluating the costs and benefits of proposed agency actions.  Jim received his law degree from the University of Georgia.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM General Business Meeting – Paid registration required

Keynote Speaker: Maureen F. Gorsen, Partner, Alston & Bird, Sacramento
“If I Don’t Live or Work in California, Why Do They Get to Run My Business?”

Maureen Gorsen was appointed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to lead the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). She also served as  General Counsel of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA). In these roles, she developed insight into the tools that the state’s elected officials and regulators use to wield power over businesses and consumers. She will discuss how programs like Prop 65, the Green Chemistry Program and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) influence product design and industrial processes nationwide.

Gorsen received her law degree from Georgetown University. At Alston & Bird, she assists businesses with strategies for regulatory compliance with environmental, consumer product and supply chain regulations. With her guidance, clients manage their legal exposure and meet sustainability and product stewardship goals.


2:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Technical Program – Paid registration required  

Note:  Recordings of Technical Proceedings now included in registration.

Technical Committee Report, Lynn Knudtson

Knudtson will provide an overview of the Committee’s activities and structure.

Technical Presentations (Presentations will be eligible for The Herman Stone Technical Excellence Award, as voted by the audience): 

1. The Molded Polyurethane Foam Industry Panel’s Approach to Developing a Roadmap for Measuring VOC Emissions John Sebroski, Covestro LLC (Presenter), Kelly Kiszka, The Dow Chemical Company, and Jennifer Holtz, BASF

Currently there are over 150 standards to measure volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and aldehydes from molded polyurethane foams that are used in automotive seating. The standards from OEMs, ASTM International, SAE International, ISO and VDA can range from whole vehicle tests to micro-sized chambers or thermal desorption tubes to evaluate materials for their impact on vehicle interior air quality (VIAQ). Often these standard methods are ambiguous and conflict with each other which can cause confusion and increase the variability of the test results. To address these issues, the Molded Polyurethane Foam Industry Panel is developing a “VOC Roadmap” that will provide recommendations and define best practices for measuring VOC emissions from automotive interior flexible molded polyurethane seating foam. The proposed industry standard will address the interests and requirements of OEMs in the three major global automotive markets: North America, Europe, & Asia. The comprehensive standard will leverage existing consensus standards to draft four best practice documents: (1) Foam processing and handling, sample production, conditioning, packaging, storage, shipment, and specimen preparation, (2) Test methods to measure VOC emissions, e.g. chambers, air sampling and analytical methods, (3) Data analysis and expression of results, (4) Description and flowchart of combined documents – Unification document to form a comprehensive VOC Roadmap. This presentation will discuss the current status of the VOC roadmap and the industry panel’s approach to reach a consensus for the proposed standard to measure VOCs from automotive seating to evaluate the impact on VIAQ.

3. Migration Testing of Melamine and TCPP Nick Ordsmith, Hall Analytical Laboratories

This presentation will explain how we approach an analytical challenge, review in brief some of the key studies performed and focus specifically on recent studies looking at TCPP and Melamine migration in European foam products. TCPP and Melamine have become a hot topic in Europe in recent times due to concerns around carcinogenicity. Since they are both important FR additives Europur has been heavily involved and, to provide data for risk assessment, commissioned Hall Analytical to run two migration studies. Three foam producers provided samples with known loadings of TCPP and Melamine for this work. The methodology will be described and the results with conclusions presented.

5. Migration of TDI and MDI From Flexible Foam Using EPA Indoor Exposure Guidance, Tim Feeley, III

The International Isocyanates Institute (III) undertook this project to provide a practical objective benchmark test for member companies’ downstream customers to evaluate the potential for migration of TDI and MDI from finished products.  Earlier studies conducted by III investigated potential inhalation and dermal exposure to TDI from flexible polyurethane foam by emission and migration testing; a later project did similar work with MDI.  Following this, the US EPA published guidance for assessing indoor exposure from products that includes procedures for using migration testing to represent potential dermal exposure.  The objective of this III project was to: 1) develop and validate modifications of the earlier III TDI and MDI migration procedures to incorporate the EPA migration testing procedures; 2) conduct migration tests using the modified procedure on representative foams from various foam types provided by industry; and 3) publish the results of the study in a peer-reviewed journal.  Publication of a migration testing technique consistent with that suggested by the US EPA will provide a practical objective benchmark test for flexible polyurethane foam producers to evaluate the potential migration of MDI and/or TDI from their products.

This presentation will describe the development of the migration testing method and report the results of testing of the representative foams using the method.

2. Novel Flame Retardants Developments for the Flexible Foam Market, Munjal Patel, ICL-IP America

Flame retardants play an important role in meeting public fire safety code requirements as well as product performance requirements in polyurethane (PU) foam applications. In automotive PU foams, the use of flame retardant has been effective in preventing ignition and reducing the number of vehicular fires. There is increasing interest in new solutions to replace traditionally used halogenated flame retardants due to stringent original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requirements for low/no emission or migration potential, improved hydrolysis and thermal resistance, low odor in automotive PU foams.

ICL-IP America, Inc. (ICL-IP) has innovated and continues to develop new flame retardant products to meet the ongoing challenges of today’s market where superior fire test performance and product sustainability are required.

In this presentation, laboratory bench scale work including flammability, physical, hydrolytic/thermal resistance and emission tests will be presented on new developmental FRs for flexible foam applications demonstrating its advantages over commercially available flame retardants.

4. Next Generation Low Emission Surfactant for Increased Block Yield and Broad Processing Latitude Rob Borgogelli, Evonik

FPF manufacturers are continuously challenged to find cost-effective solutions to produce slabstock foams that meet increasing regulatory and quality requirements.  Additives play a key role in optimizing formulations to help achieve these objectives.   Silicone surfactants are especially important as they can be designed to improve emulsification, support nucleation, provide bulk stability and broaden processing latitude.  Adjusting the structural parameters to find an optimal balance of these properties is key to the development of a surfactant that offers added value to the foam manufacturer.

Evonik has recently developed a new low emission non-hydrolyzable silicone surfactant that provides improved performance regarding gas yield and block height while still maintaining fine cell structure and broad processing latitude.  For this next generation silicone surfactant, foam processing improvements and physical property benefits will be demonstrated in this paper through studies on various foam scales and several types of foam production equipment.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Industry Cocktail Reception – Paid registration required