California flame retardant deadline coming

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The compliance deadline for California’s new flame retardant standard for furniture and bedding is looming.

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the new standard passed last year by the California Assembly as AB 2998 will prohibit the sale and distribution of juvenile products, upholstered furniture, replacement components of reupholstered furniture, and the foam in mattresses that contain covered flame retardant chemicals at levels above 1,000 parts per million in California.

Since the bill was signed into law last September in order to give manufacturers time to comply with the regulation, even products manufactured before Jan. 1 are subject to the standard.

For the purposes of enforcement, responsibility may lie with all parties in the chain of distribution, including the manufacturer, importer, wholesaler and retailer.

AB 2998 also requires the International Sleep Products Assn. to conduct a survey of all mattress producers to report materials and methods used to meet flammability standards. ISPA must submit survey results to the Bureau no later than Jan. 31, 2020, and every three years thereafter, including a list of mattress producers that fail to respond.

The Bureau of Household Goods and Services at the California Department of Consumer Affairs has produced an FAQ regarding AB 2998 implementation.