California Repeals TB 133 for Seating Furniture Used in Public Spaces
Effective January 22, 2019, California has repealed TB 133 covering flammability tests for seating used in a public space.
TB 133 was enacted in 1991. It established flammability requirements for upholstered seating used in public settings. For example:
· - Hospitals
· - Nursing homes
· - Jails
· - Children's day care centers
· - Public auditoriums and stadiums
· - Assembly areas
The repeal follows industry criticism for its mandated "open flame" test. This was deemed too severe because it encouraged the use of flame retardants – something many manufacturers resist due to high costs and possible health implications.
After the repeal, upholstered seating used in public areas must now comply with:
· - Technical Bulletin 116 (TB 116)
· - Technical Bulletin 117 (TB 117)
Stakeholders should be aware these technical bulletins require compliant furniture to include a permanently attached label, visible in plain view. Its minimum size must be 2 x 3 inches, with a typeface made of capital letters and no less than one-eighth of an inch in height.
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