Flame Retardant Chemicals in Upholstered Seating Products
As you are probably aware, on January 1, 2014 California’s new regulation (Technical Bulletin 117-2013) went into effect. The new standard allows furniture manufacturers to meet TB 117-2013 without the use of flame retardant chemicals.
The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and HDR Architecture have been receiving numerous calls from sustainability minded office furniture purchasers asking about the availability of products made without added flame retardant chemicals. Purchasers also wish to know how they will be able to identify upholstered seating products that contain no added flame retardant chemicals.
To assist these purchasers, the Center for Environmental Health and HDR Architecture are creating a purchaser guide to help companies choose safer seating products. We plan to release this guide in the coming months and make it available to our purchasers and the public. In order to ensure that consumers know about your products, we would like to have answers to the following questions by June 27, 2014. Thank you.
☐ Yes, all of our upholstered seating products currently produced are made without added flame retardant chemicals.
☐ Yes, some of our upholstered seating products currently produced are made without added flame retardant chemicals. (Please list all upholstered seating products currently produced that are made without added flame retardant chemicals. If only specific style and/or options of a product line do not contain flame retardants, please specify the style(s)/option(s) that meet this criterion.)
☐ No, all of our upholstered seating products currently produced are still made with added flame retardant chemicals.
Please check all components to which flame retardant chemicals are added/applied:
☐Upholstery foam / resilient filling material ☐Barrier material
☐Upholstery fabric (standard fabric offerings) ☐Decking material
☐ Foam supplier has not made flame retardant-free foam available
☐ Fabric, barrier or decking material supplier has not made flame retardant-free options available
☐ Liability concerns
☐ Concerns re: regulatory requirements in other markets or client purchasing requirements
☐ Have not approached the subject with supply chain
☐ Not familiar with regulation change or do not understand how to comply
☐ Other (please describe):
☐ Products will be labeled (e.g. “flame retardant free”)
☐ Our website will list products that do not contain flame retardant chemicals. Please include the URL where “flame retardant-free” is noted:_________________________________________________________________________________________
☐ Marketing collateral will state “flame retardant free”
☐ Purchasers can email or call our Customer Service staff for information
☐ Other (please specify):
☐Please list all HPDs currently available:
☐If no HPDs are currently available, will you have any available by December 31, 2014?
☐Upholstery Foam/Resilient filling material ☐Barrier material ☐Decking material
☐Upholstery fabric (standard fabric offerings) ☐Other, please identify: