Flame Retardants in Furniture

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, as part of its ongoing consumer safety agenda,

is reviewing IS No 316/1995 Industrial Research and Standards (Fire Safety) (Domestic Furniture)

Order 1995 and Irish Standard I.S 419:2011 (both instruments collectively known as the Furniture

Fire Regulations).

See https://dbei.gov.ie/en/News-And-Events/Department-News/2019/November/14112019a.html

The Irish Wood & Furniture Manufacturer’s Network would seek views from the Bedding and Upholstery manufacturers of Ireland on this issue and would submit to you the European Furniture Industry Confederation’s view that this should be revised to exclude the use of Chemicals for the purposes of making fabrics less flammable but rather conduct a public information program on fire safety in the home.

The reasons for the removal of this regulation are:

1. The chemicals used are emitting toxic particles into the domestic environment and are potentially very dangerous to humans, particularly children.

2. In the event of a fire in the home these chemicals make the smoke more toxic to both the residents and the firemen dealing with the fire.

3. The regulations currently are not policed, thus putting local manufacturers to increased costs and at a disadvantage to many imports who ignore the directive of the standard.

For more Information on this Issue Contact the Irish Wood & Furniture Manufacturing Network on info@iwfm.ie

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