SGS India Pvt. In addition to Washington State’s requirements, on December 1, 2013, New York State will prohibit TCEP in products for children three years old and under. The Customs and Border Protection agency regulates the country of origin for most furniture products that are imported. Staff is participating in ASTM International activities to revise ASTM F2057-04, Standard Safety Specification for Chests, Door Chests, and Dressers, to address warning labels and anchoring systems. Although changes to TB117 were proposed in February of 2013, including the use of physical barriers to prevent the spread of fire, manufacturers at the moment face the difficulty of complying with the same flammability standards but having fewer options with which to do so. Laws and Regulations. Contact Us to ask a question, provide feedback, or report a problem. This sector covers the manufacturing of household and office furniture. However, many businesses were caught unprepared when the restriction became effective in October of 2012, and the citizen enforcers permitted under Proposition 65 began to issue notices of intent to sue when they alleged to have found TDCPP in articles offered for sale after the deadline had passed, mainly in those household furnishings with foam cushioning and upholstery. These standards aim to enforce safety in the use of these furniture products. - Preventing TV and Furniture Tip-Over Deaths, - Children’s Furniture Safety Publications, - CPSC Warns about TV, Large Furniture Tip-Over Dangers, September 12, 2006, -February 6, 2017 CPSC Staff's Position Regarding the Standard Safety Specification for Clothing Storage Units, -May 5, 2006 Correspondence to ASTM International: Staff Position on Attachment Hardware for Furniture Stability, - For further information concerning ASTM standards associated with bicycles, please contact Len Morrissey at or ASTM International at, - For additional information or to comment, please contact, - Join a voluntary standards Email Subscription List. Maryland has also restricted TCEP to no more than 0.1% in products intended for children three years old and under, and this took effect October 1, 2013. Call +41 22 739 91 11; Email Us. CPSC does not control this external site or its privacy policy and cannot attest to the accuracy of the information it contains. Importing and Exporting Basics Importing and exporting can help your business expand at home or abroad, but it’s important to follow all laws and regulations. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Formaldehyde Emissions from Pressed Wood Products, Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program, RCRA in Focus: Furniture Manufacturing and Refinishing, AP 42 - Chapter 10: Wood Products Industry. Linking to this external site does not constitute an endorsement of the site or the information it contains by CPSC or any of its employees. A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States. Recently, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to issue a rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to apply the California standards throughout the US. Part 1302—Ban of Extremely Flammable Contact Adhesives, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Highlights of Requirements for Furniture Sold in the United States, OSHA Industry Guidelines on Spiral Staircases, Color Digital LED Printer Vs. Laser Printer, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights. Sign up to SGS publications and newsletters from your region and around the world. TDCPP was not the only flame retardant on the list, with tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP), brominated biphenyls, and tris(2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate (referred to as Tris and banned in children’s clothing in the US since 1977) also present. This sector covers the manufacturing of household and office furniture. Email Us. These flame retardants are allowed to be in furniture and other articles, but a warning label must accompany the product, either on the product itself, on the packaging, or on a notice at the point of sale. The Federal Trade Commission is concerned with proper labeling, while the U.S. Department of Agriculture deals with organic fibers. In addition, the F15.42 Subcommittee on Furniture Safety is considering revisions to the performance tests currently required in the standard. In addition, the F15.42 Subcommittee on Furniture Safety is considering revisions to the performance tests currently required in the standard. The EU Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste was amended in February 2013. �\�� �&����d��vpOd�d�]��Ȑ� ��y�D�E���UIsU ���a`��{kG�����Eo�x���c� ̽��XH;=WzO�3崉q��/���Xc^ ��GYe==\>Qں���p=�=����M��,d�]���u�x��8�B!��m)��\��Rv�D���e6�tG�,������+���}�4��rƹ[�wG��r��y�{ﭝ��[�;u�\�t�Ļ�2�>��Nɬ\v�u���W��wv�}R�xw�5���wQ@�ݩ�w�g�}l]�I����sl��n�dVv�0�-Gr�9_뛵����sO��>``��``� @���� �9@���D A number of United States federal agencies administer regulations that govern furniture stores. h�b```�{l�*� ��������q"��E����w�;;�-� Most manufacturers would prefer to remove the chemical in question because a California Proposition 65 warning label on the product may harm sales. Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey have introduced legislation restricting flame retardants both in children’s products and residential upholstered furniture. By furniture is meant free-standing or built-in units which are used for storing, lying, sitting, working … FEDERAL REGULATORY AUTHORITIES AND TECHNICAL REGULATIONS (MANDATORY) Several U.S. federal agencies administer regulations associated with furniture. �M����~3'���Sn��}�w��zr�M� �����4aP����&c. Stay on the global website and remember my choice. %%EOF This strategy would also apply to tests for any applicable Proposition 65 chemicals or any chemicals on the Washington State list for children’s products. In addition, the letter “T” must be prominently displayed on the label for mattress pads that have been treated with a chemical flame retardant. The Consumer Product Safety Commission deals with flammability and lead containing surface coatings of furniture. Toddler beds should pass performance tests to assure guardrail structural integrity and have warning labels that address entrapment and strangulation hazards separately. Abstract The technical and ecological criteria for EU Ecolabel furniture are presented together with supporting rationale and relevant stakeholder discussion. If this proof is unavailable, then it would be prudent for a manufacturer to test his materials, preferably before they are turned into a finished product. On average, six fatalities per year are associated with chests, bureaus, or dressers. Ltd. has recently been awarded the Coal Inspection Agency of the Year at the 7th Annual Indian Coal Markets Conference & Awards Dinner 2013. In October of 2011, the flame retardant tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate, referred to by its acronym TDCPP, was placed on the California Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects. Click Ok if you wish to continue to the website; otherwise, click Cancel to return to our site. Paul Milne Consumer Testing Services Technical Manager RSTS SGS North America, Inc. t: +1 973 461 7924. Within the last two years, several states have put in place chemical regulations that target children’s products, among which are various furnishings such as cribs and beds. Nearly two out of every three high-end furniture products sold in the world are produced in the EU. Formaldehyde and flame retardants are deliberately added chemicals and serve a function in the product so it is unlikely they would appear as contaminants in appreciable quantities. Ideally, the supplier would send samples directly to the test lab before the raw materials are sent to the manufacturer. Despite these increasing restrictions on the presence of flame retardants in furniture and other articles, the flammability standards in the state of California, given in Technical Bulletin 117 (TB117), have not changed. US Furniture Manufacturers Face Changing Chemical Regulations. Furniture imports have seen a fairly steady increase over the past five years from $47.7 billion in 2013.