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COVID–19 Regulatory Relief and Work From Home 8 Safety Act

Our guest blogger this week is NHLA member Cinthy Stauss with Cachet Studios Interior Design.  Cinthy is the principle of the company and a registered designer.  She shares information about a new regulation that is of interest to those working from home.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic we all had to be inside our homes a lot more. Our homes became our offices, our schools, our all-around hangouts! This new way of life forced our government to view our current environments and our safety in a different way.

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On December 27th, 2020 Congress and the President of United States passed a new law “Covid-19 Regulatory Relief and Work from Home Safety Act.”  This new law incorporates provisions previously proposed in the Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability act, a bill supported by the furniture industry.

As an Interior Design Firm, we strive to keep up with codes and new technologies to bring better designs to all our clients. Our effort is to inform and pass this new information and explain how this affects the residential sector.

A little bit of information on CAL 117. This is an open flame test performed on fabric to be used on upholstery. It has now evolved to TB117-2013 and it is now a smoldering test. This test is performed under a controlled condition, it uses a lit cigarette on a sample cushion that is wrapped with the fabric that needs to be tested. The lit cigarette is then covered with a small sheeting material. The condition mimics a “covered” cigarette with oxygen depletion.

This test been around for many years and if you have been working in the hospitality sector, you would be familiar with this fire test. It is a standard test used on fabrics to pass for hospitality use.

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The TB 117-2013 law will be applied to all fabrics on upholstered furnishings sold beginning June 25th, 2021. This new law can be met without added flame retardant chemicals which have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, reduce IQ and reproductive and neurological impairments.

This new federal law will affect the residential sector in the following ways:

All furniture must bear a permanent label which should state “Complies with U.S. CPSC requirements for upholstered furniture flammability”.

Bedding products are not included in this law but is subject to other tests. (ASTM E1590, CAL 129, 16CFR 1632 &1633 & CAL603)

Outdoor furniture is not affected.

Pillows that are sold with the furniture need to comply.

Other smoldering tests are NFPA 260 & ASTM E1353.

If you have questions on manufacturers that are already offering upholstered furniture without added flame retardants; reach out to CACHET STUDIOS for more information.


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