California Limits Flame Retardants in Furniture, Mattresses and Juvenile Products


California Limits Flame Retardants in Furniture, Mattresses and Juvenile Products

California has enacted a law that restricts a wide range of flame retardants in upholstered and reupholstered furniture, mattresses, and certain juvenile products at levels above 1,000 parts per million. Under the law, these products cannot be sold or distributed within the state as of January 1, 2020.

By Bureau Veritas Technical Services 3 minute read

The juvenile products covered by the law include, but are not limited to, the following products for children under 12 years old: bassinets, booster seats, changing pads, floor playmats, highchairs, highchair pads, infant bouncers, infant carriers, infant seats, infant swings, infant walkers, nursing pads, nursing pillows, playpen side pads, playards, portable hook-on chairs, strollers, and children’s nap mats. The law specifically exempts electronic components, casings of electronic components, components of adult mattresses other than foam, and threads or fibers for stitching children’s mattress components together.

The law does not provide a specific list of chemicals that are restricted. Instead it defines broad categories of flame retardants such as any halogenated, organophosphorus, organonitrogen, or nanoscale chemicals whose functional use is to resist or inhibit the spread of fire or as a synergist to chemicals that resist or inhibit the spread of fire.

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