Safer Office Furniture, Without Flame Retardants



CEH has been leading the national effort to eliminate health threats from toxic chemicals that are used in almost all of our furniture. Many people have heard about “killer couches” that pose health threats to our children and families, but often people don’t realize that office furniture can also pose a significant health risk to America’s workers.

Getting toxic chemicals out of office furniture

Now CEH has won commitments from major companies, including Salesforce, LinkedIn, Genentech, Kaiser Permanente and others to seek furniture without the five key chemicals of concern, including flame retardants, fluorinated stain treatments, antimicrobials, PVC, and formaldehyde (also known as the Hazardous Handful chemicals) for their massive furniture buying. The companies that have signed the CEH Purchaser’s Pledge collectively spend more than $135 million annually on furniture. When major companies make demands like this from their suppliers, the entire marketplace shifts to safer products without the Hazardous Handful chemicals. Our guide to healthier office furniture gives you and your workplace the tools you need to buy safer products.

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Signers of the CEH Purchaser Pledge

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts


City of Portland

City and County of San Francisco

Department of the Environment

GCI General Contractors


Hackensack Meridian Health System

Harvard University

HDR Architecture

Kaiser Permanente

LinkedIn Corporation

Multnomah County

Natural Resources Defense Council

New Resource Bank

Partners Healthcare System

Perkins + Will



The Honest Company

Trillium Asset Management

University of California at Santa Cruz