Overview of CPSC 16 CFR 1633, Standard of the Flammability (Open Flame) of Mattress Sets Webinar

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    Webinar - 04/14/2021

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    About the Course

    This webinar is for those involved with the flammability of mattress sets. Join John McCormack from 2:00 to 3:00 pm Eastern time for a brief overview of mandatory flame resistance standards for all mattresses and futons offered for sale in the United States.

    What You'll Learn

    The following topics will be discussed:

    Federal C.P.S.C. Standard 16 CFR 1633

    • "Standard for the Flammability (Open Flame) of Mattress Sets" - Enforced beginning July, 2006 and relevant to mattress and futon manufacturers, importers, retailers and raw material suppliers of mattresses
    • Provides a brief overview of the mandatory flame resistance standard for all mattresses and futons offered for sale in the U.S.
    • Historical development, test scope and purpose, amenable and exempted products
    • Relevance to real-world open flame ignition hazards of mattresses, testing facility and equipment, failure criteria, prototype requirements
    • ASTM material screening tests, product labeling and certification, testing laboratory accreditation and enforcement.

    Target Audience

    • Mattress, and bedding manufacturers
    • Raw material and component suppliers providing fibers, cellular foams, fabrics and fastening materials (threads, tape edges, etc.) to the bedding industry
    • Product designers, production/quality control managers, testing and record keeping personnel involved in the manufacture of bedding product
    • Retailers of bedding products to consumers

    Registering for the Webinar

    The fee is $139 per person. After registering you will receive an email within a few hours with information about how to access the webinar. In addition to the webinar, you'll get 7-day access to a recording of the webinar.

    About the Instructor

    John McCormack is currently an Independent fire science consultant, and an ASTM Course/Webinar Instructor, "Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of Upholstered Furniture, Mattresses and Bed Clothing sold in the United States. He has over 30 years with the State of California's Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation, as a Textile Chemist and as Supervising Chemist of the Bureau's Textile and Flammability Laboratory. He was a Manager of Technical Research and Development for the Bureau for 15 years, responsible to stakeholders for research, development, implementation and interpretation of California's upholstered furniture, mattress and bedding flammability standards. He was an Advisor to manufacturers and suppliers of upholstered furniture, mattresses and bedding regarding selection of efficacious fire retardants and fire blocking technologies for use in construction of components (polyurethane foam, fibers, fabrics and barrier materials) and finished products. He has been involved in developing U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Standard 16 CFR, Part 1633, a mandatory federal flame standard for mattresses and development and revision of other flammability standards for consumers and public occupancies, including California Technical Bulletins 117, 116, 129 and 133. He conducted research in partnership with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Technical Study Group on development of "fire safe" cigarettes (Cigarette Safety Act of 1984). He was an Agricultural Chemist, State of California Dept. of Food and Agriculture, Dec. 1973 - April, 1976, tested milk and dairy products. He was a Staff Research Associate, UC Davis, 1974, conducted research on alternative energy generation from organic crop wastes. He has been an expert witness in several civil and criminal court trials and advisor to fire and law enforcement officials in investigating cases involving fire deaths and injuries.

    John has been the author of numerous papers on furniture and bedding flammability in "Journal of Consumer Product Flammability", "Journal of Fire Sciences", "Proceedings of the International Conference on Fire Safety" and California Bureau of Home Furnishings technical publications.


    • Master's Degree, Synthetic Organic Chemistry, University of Georgia, Dec., 1969
    • Bachelor's Degree, Chemistry, Georgia Southern University, May 1966
    • Alternative Energy curriculum, University of California, Davis, Spring, 1973

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