A. Lava, Springs Creative team up on FR sales

Rock Hill, South Carolina-based Springs Creative Products Group LLC and Chicago-based A. Lava & Son Co. have signed a joint sales and distributorship agreement for the former’s Firegard FR barrier line. Under terms of the agreement, A. Lava personnel will sell Springs Creative’s FR products into new markets and accounts, with marketing and technical support […]

Fine Cotton Factory Adds New Slayer FR Fabric

Ticking supplier Fine Cotton Factory has developed a white version of its FR barrier fabric, patent-pending Slayer. Introduced two years ago in black, it is meant specifically for use with latex beds. Slayer is touted as a single-layer FR solution for latex, which typically requires more than one FR barrier, according to the Toronto-based company. […]

ISPA urges CPSC to streamline mattress flammability standards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has initiated a 10-year review of the 16 CFR Part 1633 open-flame standard regarding mattress flammability and requested public comment on several issues as part of that process. The International Sleep Products Association and the Sleep Products Safety Council submitted comments to the CPSC based, in part, on a […]

San Pedro Mfg. Co. recalls mattresses

Atlanta-based San Pedro Mfg. Co. has recalled about 4,800 mattresses and foundations because the products don’t meet federal flammability standards, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. No injuries have been reported in connection with the mattresses and foundations. San Pedro Mfg. has recalled renovated twin-, full-, queen- and king-size mattresses and mattress/foundation sets. […]

D.C. bill would ban certain flame retardants

Legislation introduced by a member of the Washington, D.C., City Council would ban certain flame retardants in the district and require manufacturers to submit documentation showing their products do not contain any of the banned substances. Among the flame retardants banned by the bill are TBB, Antimony, TBPH, TDCPP, TCPP and TCEP. The bill also […]

California regulators clarify that new FR labeling law doesn’t apply to mattresses

The California Bureau of Electronics & Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings & Thermal Insulation, which regulates mattress safety in California, has issued a new document, “Senate Bill (SB) 1019 Frequently Asked Questions, which reiterates that mattresses are not subject to the state’s new fire-retardant chemicals labeling requirements for furniture, enacted this year in SB 1019. The […]

U.S. Senator to introduce legislation on flame retardants

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., intends to introduce legislation this year that would ban 10 flame retardants from use in children’s products and upholstered furniture. The legislation would ban TDCPP, TCEP, TBBPA, decabromodiphenyl ether, antimony trioxide, HBCD, TBPH, TBB, chlorinated paraffins and TCPPh. The legislation also would direct the Consumer Product Safety Commission to examine […]

California enacts FR labeling bill for upholstered furniture

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law legislation that requires manufacturers of furniture and other products must meet the CA Technical Bulletin 117-2013 flammability standard to label their products as to whether they include added flame retardants. Since mattresses are not required to meet TB 117-2013, the law does not apply to those products. 

Calif. Bureau of Home Furnishings clarification: New FR labeling law does not apply to mattresses

New California FR labeling law for upholstered furniture does not apply to mattresses California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law legislation that requires manufacturers of upholstered furniture, and other products that must meet the CA Technical Bulletin (TB) 117-2013 flammability standard, to label their products to disclose whether they contain added flame retardants. Several […]

Working with testing laboratories

Working with testing laboratories

BY GARY JAMES This is a test: How to work with testing laboratories to build better, safer bed sets and help you meet federal flammability and other standards Always a key part of the mattress industry,  product testing is becoming an even more critical element of product development and growth strategies as bedding producers strive […]