||Industry Stakeholders Will Develop Standard Labeling for Brooms
Members of the broom-and-mop industry met on Oct. 9, 2001, at
ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa., to initiate standard
labeling and package requirements for brooms and mops. Stakeholders
at the meeting formed ASTM Subcommittee F15.54 on Brooms and Mops
to organize this activity.
Does the label on a broom or mop accurately describe its contents?
Descriptions of broomcorn; natural, blended, or mixed fiber; plastics,
or filler can vary among manufacturers, raising questions about
truth in advertising.
ASTM Subcommittee F15.54 will develop a standard labeling system
Classifies brooms and mops according to their material content;
Provides uniform wording for product labels.
The subcommittee encourages consumers and other stakeholders to
participate in the development of these standards. Other issues
such as handle strength and sweep paths may be addressed in the
John A. Blair, chairman, ASTM Committee F15 on Consumer Products, and Kenneth R. Hutton, executive director,
American Brush Manufacturers Association, Phila., Pa., will co-chair
the subcommittee. Present members include:
Broom and mop manufacturers;
Distributors and suppliers;
Bulk end-users from contract cleaning services, school districts,
and hospitals; and
Professional association members.
To participate, contact Ken Hutton, American Brush Manufacturers Association, Phila., Pa., (phone:
215/564-3484, ext. 215). For further details about ASTM Committee
F15 on Consumer Products, contact Kathie Morgan, technical committee director (phone: 610/832-9721). //
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