• September 24, 2018

Hazardous substances in plastic components | What exactly is PVC?



While seated comfortably on my favorite couch, talking intensively with my friend using my hands-free headset, the cable dangles closely to my mouth – in a way that I am practically chewing on it. This gets me to consider the fact that most of these every day cables are made of plastic PVC. What exactly is PVC? Are some of its incorporated substances regulated

The case of PVC - PVC is an abbreviation for polyvinyl chloride. It is used widely in many applications. For example, soft PVC is found in cables, insulating tapes, hoses, balls and toys whereas rigid PVC is used for pipes, gutters and window frames. While PVC is normally rigid, the addition of plasticizers makes it flexible. Why is this chlorinated plastic polymer so popular, especially in the electronics industry? Its success is due to its electrical and fire resistant properties as well as its relatively low cost. However, these benefits must not hide the fact that PVC contains certain hazards. Here are examples of regulated hazardous substances, usages, hazards and regulatory references that are associated with PVC parts

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