January 26, 2017 California’s Prop 65 requires businesses with 10 or more employees to provide a clear and reasonable warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing individuals to chemicals that the state says cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. While the primary burden to warn consumers falls on manufacturers, Prop 65 applies to everyone in the supply chain; no one is exempt from liability. This proposition has been around for 31 years, so what’s new? The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently came out with Article 6, which gives more specific guidance on the new product warning label. And, while
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Making the sale is often the simplest part of running a furniture retail store. The customer has selected their product and money has changed hands, but what now? If it were as simple as putting that sofa on a truck, driving out to the customer’s home and walking it through the door, well there would be a lot more successful furniture retailers. But there are things that great retailers consider in that time between the customer leaving the store and the arrival of the delivery team. 1. The customer – Make sure your sales staff explains the delivery process so the
Anchor furniture to prevent tip-over accidents The threat is serious, but the solution is simple. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched an Anchor It! campaign to educate parents and child caregivers about simple steps they can take to help prevent possible television and furniture tip-over accidents. In support of this campaign, the American Home Furnishings Alliance is offering a FREE furniture tip restraint. The restraint is easy to install and requires only basic tools. Click here to learn how to secure your furniture in 4 easy steps. Call (336) 884-5000 to request your free restraint. Why Anchor? According to the U.S.
TB117-2013 is a new regulation regarding the flammability of upholstered furniture in California. It replaces the 1975 standard, Technical Bulletin 117 (TB117). The state of California revised Technical Bulletin 117 (TB117). The new standards outline the changes in flammability testing saying that as of January 1, 2014, manufacturers may transition from the open flame test process adopted and mandated in 1975 to the new methods for smolder resistance of cover fabrics, barrier materials, resilient filling materials, and decking materials for use in upholstered furniture.” Manufacturers will have one year to come into full mandatory compliance with the standards. The revision
It’s the most far-reaching consumer “right to know” law in the nation. There have been myriad attempts to revise and amend this law the last couple of years, to no avail. What is Proposition 65? It’s a law that requires California businesses with 10 or more employees to provide a clear and reasonable warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing individuals to chemicals known to cause cancer and/ or reproductive toxicity. The law only requires businesses to warn of the exposure. The Governor is required to keep a list of all substances known to cause cancer or birth defects or other
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