ISPA releases updated manual for mattress labeling

Mattress law labelThe International Sleep Products Association, in partnership with Legal Label Inc., has released an updated and expanded electronic version of the Manual of Labeling Laws, which helps mattress manufacturers navigate the complexities of labeling their products for sale.

The manual contains comprehensive information on laws in the United States and Canada regulating the labeling of new and secondhand bedding, upholstered furniture and other products. Such labels help protect consumers from unknowingly purchasing a secondhand product or product that contains unsafe or unsanitary materials.

It’s important that manufacturers know how to label their products correctly. Which products require law labels varies from state to state—as do the labeling and registration requirements themselves—and mistakes can result in costly interruptions to sales and business.

In addition to providing details about a federal requirement regarding the labeling of mattresses that contain used filling materials, the updated manual summarizes U.S. law label requirements set by 32 U.S. states and local jurisdictions, 15 of which also require company registration and licensing. In Canada, three of 10 provinces require registration and licensing.

The manual contains easy-to-use charts, and the update provides more information about each state’s requirements than in the past. In its electronic form, the new edition allows for easy reference and more frequent updating.

The manual can be downloaded electronically from the ISPA website and is provided as a free benefit to all ISPA members. Nonmembers may purchase the manual.