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

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    How You Will Benefit

    This 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

    On-Site Fees

    Please contact sales here or call 1-877-909-ASTM.
    Fees will include referenced ASTM standards; course notes; certificate of attendance; 2.1 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

    John A. McCormack is a Flammability consultant who retired from the State of California Dept. of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation in Sacramento. He served there for over 30 years as a textile/polymer chemist, supervising chemist of the Bureau's Flammability Laboratory, and manager of research and development. He was responsible to Bureau stakeholders for research, development, implementation, and interpretation of California's upholstered furniture, mattress and bedding flammability standards. He is a member of the ASTM International Technical Committee E05 and has served on the Advisory Council of the California Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation. He holds a B.S. Chemistry degree from Georgia Southern University, an M.S. degree from the University of Georgia and has worked as a Staff Research Associate in development of alternative energy sources at the University of California, Davis.

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