WASHINGTON — A Maryland mattress renovator has recalled about 1,000 mattresses and foundations that violate federal mattress flammability standards, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. More
HIGH POINT — The American Home Furnishings Alliance is launching a new web site today to correspond with tonight's airing of "Toxic Hot Seat," an HBO documentary about the use of fire-retardant chemicals in furniture. More
BERKELY, Calif. — California has revised its controversial Technical Bulletin 117 and adopted a new flammability standard that should allow producers to make furniture and baby products that do not contain flame retardant chemicals beginning Jan. 1. More
NEW YORK — The issue of toxic chemicals in upholstery foam is the subject of a HBO documentary scheduled to air on Monday, Nov. 25, the New York Times reports. More
HIGH POINT - As home furnishings go, few offer more prospects for licensing than area rugs. More
HIGH POINT — U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum told furniture manufacturers this week that it is committed to developing a national upholstered furniture flammability standard that does not require the use of harmful chemicals. More
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation held a hearing on Wednesday marking the end of a six-week public comment period on the state's proposed new upholstered furniture flammability standard. More
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Tonya Blood, chief of the Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation, will speak here Friday to members and guests of the California Furniture Manufacturers Assn. on the state's proposed new upholstered furniture flammability standard. More
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September 25, 2013They say good news travels fast. I say bad news travels even faster, especially when litigation is along for the ride.The bad news I am referring to is Prop 65, which began innocuously enough in California decades ago as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. In a nutshell, Prop 65 mandates that businesses must warn California consumers about the presence of certain chemicals identified by the state to "cause cancer or other reproductive toxicity."So far, so good. But good intentions often make the best pavement for hell's highways, and I fear that Prop ...
August 19, 2013I want you to recall the biology class you probably took back in high school. Specifically, think back to the class where you had to dissect a frog. When I do, I also remember our teacher telling us the old boiling frog story.The story's point was that a frog placed in boiling water would immediately jump out. But placed in cold water that was slowly heated, the frog would not realize the imminent danger and boil to death.What prompted that rather unpleasant memory from years ago was a discussion I had recently with some suppliers and retailers ...
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February 5, 2013In a perfect world, chemical companies would be paying our California Proposition 65 attorney fees or other costs. They would, at the very least, be sharing our headache. As a byproduct of California's TB 117 flammability law - now under revision - about 60 furniture companies could find themselves in court for having flame retardants in foam. Since the 1970s environmentally toxic flame retardants were used foam because otherwise, the TB 117 requirement that furniture pass an open flame test would have been very difficult, or impossible, to pass. TB 117 may have unintentionally - due to lack of long-term research on ...
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