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Since mid-2007, stringent federal flammability standards have applied to mattresses and to mattress sets offered for sale in the United States, the rationale being that they present a large source of “fuel load.”  These open flame requirements are contained within 16 CFR 1633 and serve to supplement the cigarette ignition requirements contained within the much older (1972) federal regulation of 16 CFR 1632.

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EPA Final National Rule Issued:

Formaldehyde Emission Standard for Composite Wood Products              

Does your company produce, or import, any products with manufactured wood components? (Think adjustable bases or furniture pieces among other products.) If so, then you should become familiar with the Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule regarding formaldehyde emissions associated with manufactured wood such as particle board, plywood and the like. New label obligations as well as compliance with emissions standards become effective in 2017, meaning that each company needs to carefully consult with its wood suppliers and assess very soon whether a redesign of its products is necessary. Moreover, record-keeping requirements will soon be imposed upon each company in the stream of commerce. CONTACT Ms. Mattiace for additional information at 1-877-481-0734.