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 changes the testing requirements, but it does not explicitly call for the elimination of flame retardant chemicals.
For furniture retailers this means you still must check to make sure your product has been properly labeled by the manufacturer.
All enforcement procedures still apply.
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The revisions to TB117 reflect the ongoing efforts made by many groups and organizations including the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), the HFA, and the Green Science Policy Institute.
The HFA worked diligently with AHFA, previously as the Western Home Furnishings Association and more recently as HFA, to make sure retailers’ and manufacturers’ interests were well represented in these revisions.