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Fiery Forum Focused On Flammability Regulations

By Home Furnishings Business in Bedding on April 2007 With the development of new flammability standards for upholstered furniture and mattresses underway in Washington, D.C.--including new mattress standards that take effect in July--the American Home Furnishings Alliance is presenting Flammability Update 2007. The event featuring speakers from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will be held on Wednesday, April 25, at the Greensboro, N.C., Sheraton Four Seasons from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

According to a brochure for the event, Flammability Update will provide manufacturers and importers with the most up-to-date information available on how regulations could impact their operations.

Among the invited speakers is Dale Ray, CPSC project manager of furniture flammability, who will present information on cigarette and small open flame requirements that are being considered for components used for upholstered furniture. Allison Tenney, project manager of open flame standards for mattresses and bed clothing, will review test procedures and compliance requirements of the Mandatory Open Flame Standard for Mattresses that takes effect in July. She€™ll also discuss requirements being considered for bed clothing.

Other speakers include representatives from the National Fire Protection Association, the Polyurethane Foam Association and a legal firm with expertise in imports of consumer products. There will also be an opening reception on Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m.

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