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Testing for Upholstery and Mattresses

Testing for Upholstery and Mattresses

STUART has noticed so-called “new materials” being promoted as capable of meeting the REQUIREMENTS of the FFR WITHOUT the use of flame retardants.

These types of product do exist. We know because such materials have passed through the processing of members of our FCOGP Group. They are prepared so as to be free of textile processing aids (that may affect fire testing performance) but do not receive any chemical treatment to reduce ignitability when tested according to the requirements of the FFR.

There are, however, materials being put forward for use in the bedding market and extreme care must be shown when discussing such products in the context of the FFR. For those who do not understand this point we can confirm that the way the testing is made is all important and understanding the differences between the FFR for upholstery and the Regulations as applied to mattresses is very different – but in a quite subtle way.

2 Points follow from this:

1    Mattresses do not have the same design and style demands that are necessary for the upholstery market, nor do they use such a wide range of different materials in their manufacture.

2    Presuming that because a combination of filling and cover material is OK for mattresses does not mean they will meet the requirements of the FFR.

Some of the mattress materials referred to during the EACOM Inquiry produce results according to FFR testing that are ALARMING as has been found by those who understand these things and are prepared to test the ideas.

Confusing such issues only misleads and demonstrates a lack of understanding of the Regulations.

STUART is not impressed. A short introduction to textile fibre technology will follow.

Peter Wragg
Peter Wragg
pjw@fretwork.org.uk
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