Flammability of Upholstered Furniture, Mattresses and Bedding Sold in the United States: Regulatory Compliance


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    About the Course

    This two-day course provides a basic understanding of mandatory and voluntary flammability performance and quality control test standards for upholstered furniture, mattresses, mattress/box spring sets, and bedding (bed clothing) offered for sale in the United States. Both open flame and smoldering tests will be covered.


    Learn About

    • Latest changes to the regulation
    • How to properly conduct the tests
    • How to assess test results to determine if your product is in compliance with the regulations
    • About liability issues and legal requirements
    • What products put your company at risk
    • What you can do to avoid product recalls and costly penalties


    Who Should Attend

    • Upholstered furniture, mattresses, and bedding manufacturers
    • Raw material and component suppliers providing fibers, cellular foams, fabrics and fastening materials (threads, tape edges, etc.) to the furniture and bedding industry
    • Product designers, production/quality control managers, testing and record keeping personnel involved in the manufacture of furniture and bedding products
    • Importers, distributors and sales representatives of furniture and bedding products
    • Retailers of furniture and bedding products to consumers
    • Flammability testing laboratory personnel (managers, engineers and chemists and lab technicians)
    • Attorneys and insurance risk managers with furniture and bedding clients
    • Interested consumer association and NGO representatives


    Course Outline

    • History of the Regulation
    • Current Status of CPSC Regulations
    • Enforcement Overview
    • Terminology, Acronyms and Definitions
    • Basic Pertinent Fire Science Principles
    • Upholstered Furniture Test Standards
      • California Technical Bulletin 116
      • California Technical Bulletin 117
      • California Technical Bulletin 133
      • Proposed Federal Upholstered Furniture Flammability Standard
      • Upholstered Furniture Action Council (U.F.A.C.) Standards
      • Boston Fire Code B.F.D. IX-10
      • Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Assn. (B.I.F.M.A.) Standards
    • Mattress/Box Spring Test Standards
      • CPSC 16 C.F.R. 1632 (Calif. Tech. Bulletin 106)
      • CPSC 16 C.F.R. 1633 (Calif. Tech. Bulletin 603)
      • California Technical Bulletin 121
      • California Technical Bulletin 129
      • Boston Fire Code B.F.D. IX-11
    • Bedding/Bedclothing Test Standards
      • 16 C.F.R. 1634 Proposed Federal Standard
    • Other Standards (cigarette ignition propensity, barrier performance, cotton smoldering, etc.)
    • Voluntary Test Standards (ASTM, ANSI, UL, NFPA)
    • Product and Component Labeling
    • Recordkeeping Requirements
    • Enforcement/Liability Issues
    • Manufacturing Best Practices/Quality Control


    Fee Includes

    • Referenced ASTM standards
    • Course notes
    • Certificate of Attendence with 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)


    Free ASTM Membership

    Attend this course and receive a FREE 1-year membership to ASTM International and Committee D13 on Textiles. (Applies to new members only and may not be used to renew existing memberships.)


    About the Instructor

    Robert M. Holcombe, Retired Laboratory Director at Safety Components Fabric Technologies, Inc., has extensive experience in manufacturing production and quality control. His current responsibilities include supervision in various spun and filament programs.

    Holcombe also has over 37 years of experience in physical and chemical textile testing and development of product and SPC support programs; proficiency test programs; and evaluation testing and certifying of various types of yarns and fabrics produced or purchased, including: woolen and worsted, cotton and blend, carpet, automotive products, non-woven, industrial fabrics, aerospace and geotextiles.

    He served on the corporate quality audit team; directs an internal audit program and develops and writes specifications using ASTM, DIN, and ISO test methods. Holcombe received his degree in textile management from Clemson University.


    Professional Engineers

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    About ASTM and Sponsoring Committee

    Organized in 1898, ASTM is one of the world's largest voluntary standards development organizations. ASTM standards have grown to be among the most widely used and accepted global documents. The 82-volume Annual Book of ASTM Standards (available in print and online) contains 12,000 standards written by 34,000 members on our 140 technical committees. Committees D13 and E05 developed some of the standards used in this course.