High Point, North Carolina – The Upholstered Furniture Action Council has revamped its long-standing programme for furniture flammability testing and verification. The aim is to assist its member companies in complying with a new federal law that is set to come into effect on 25 June 2021.
The Covid-19 Regulatory Relief and Work from Home Safety Act (also known as SOFFA, or the Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act), has for the first time formalised a national furniture flammability requirement. UFAC has been calling for this for many years.
Manufacturers are strongly encouraged to have a flammability testing programme in place to meet the requirements of the new law. UFAC says its programme meets and exceeds TB117-2013 requirements; manufacturers can send samples of furniture components, including foam, for flammability testing by its third-party lab partner. The results are uploaded to UFAC’s new online compliance portal. They can then apply Make Life Safer furniture hangtags to their products, reassuring consumers that their products meet current flammability regulations. An additional Make Life Safer Plus programme allows them to submit foam samples to test for flame retardant chemicals, too.
The industry’s voluntary furniture flammability testing has been underpinned by UFAC’s component testing programme for more than 40 years. It also offers a compliance management strategy to future manufacturers.
‘Participation in this voluntary testing and verification program provides a clear indication of the importance that UFAC member companies place on consumer health and safety,’ said UFAC president Don Coleman.