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Time dwindling for bedding flammability input

Time dwindling for bedding flammability input
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging members of the home textiles industry to comment on potential flammability regulations for bedding before the initial comment period closes on March 14.

 

The commission has begun the process of considering flammability standards for sheets, comforters, blankets, pillows, quilts, mattress pads and foam pads that could have a significant impact not only on how the goods are constructed but on the cost of making them.

At a special meeting of the Home Fashions Products Association yesterday, the CPSC’s Allyson Tenney noted that bedclothes are first to ignite in 80 percent of mattress/bedding fires.

“We really depend on industry comments” to help define standards, added Tenney, a textiles technologist for the CPSC’s Directorate for Engineering Sciences.

Robert Leo, HFPA counsel, noted that the CPSC will accept voluntary standards offered by a properly authorized industry body, adding that members of the industry must throw their weight behind such an effort for it to have any effect.

Carolyn Jennings, HFPA executive director, reported that California’s new flammability standards for filled bedding will soon be finalized and warned that the industry is running out of time to comment on that state’s policy, which is often more strict than Federal standards. Further, while the federal government will weigh cost/benefit considerations in setting its standard, California does not.

She also noted that when California’s tougher new flammability standards for mattresses went into effect a few weeks ago, agents were combing factories and retailers immediately, and pulling non-compliant products off the floor.

For additional information, contact that HFPA at (212) 297-2127.

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