Thousands of children are injured each year as a result of furniture tipover accidents. ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products continues to address emerging hazards associated with furniture tipover through its standard, ASTM F2057, Safety Specification for Chests, Door Chests and Dressers. Recently approved revisions to this standard concern issues of tip restraints and warning labels.
ASTM F2057, which is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F15.42 on Furniture Safety, is intended to reduce injuries and deaths of children from hazards associated with tipover of clothing storage units, covering chests, drawer chests, chests of drawers, dressers and bureaus.
The standard features two tests: one that measures the stability of a piece of furniture in unloaded condition, and the stability with load test, which simulates a child around the age of five attempting to climb up or down on the furniture.
The latest revisions to ASTM F2057 include the following:
Subcommittee F15.42 welcomes participation from all interested parties as it continues its work on future revisions to ASTM F2057 and other standards related to furniture safety.
Technical Information: Daniel Lauzier, Ethan Allen Inc., Danbury, Conn.
ASTM Staff: Leonard Morrissey