Apologies for cross-posting. 

Not sure it exists frankly but I'm l ooking for published studies regarding the flammability and/or toxicity of burned audiovisual materials. I realize there are myriad sources for info on PVC, shellac, etc. in the form data sheets; those are different, as are studies dealing with exposure to heat (accelerated aging or otherwise). I'm looking specifically for flammability/toxicity studies of PVC, shellac, etc. when functioning as recorded sound carriers and when exposed to flame. 

Again, I'm not sure anything like this actually exists (which, in a way, is fine). As I see it, the structural components themselves - not the AV context - determine flammability/toxicity. This is a fire-marshall-related due diligence question as much as anything else. 


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