Second BFM / FIRA Workshop on upholstered furniture flammability

Published on : Saturday, May 17, 2014

logo-firaThis workshop follows on from the one held in April this year (at which 50 delegates were in attendance) and is part of the BFM partnership with FIRA.  FIRA will presents the results of tests it has recently undertaken using the proposed new match test.  Thee test results of Intertek will also be featured.


Venue: FIRA International Ltd, Maxwell Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2EW, UK – how to find us
Date: Monday 16th June 2014
Time: 10.30am to 2.00pm (Lunch will be provided)


The testing exercises have been carried out because the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to propose the following changes to the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (ffrs):
•    New match test for cover fabrics to be undertaken over either combustion-modified foam with fibre wrap or; combustion modified foam only, NOT non-fire retardant polyurethane foam as with the current test.
•    Removal of the need to perform the cigarette test on fabrics which pass the match test, and for invisible linings.


The workshop is important as it will attempt to address concerns that have been aired – including by the British Furniture Confederation – that at present there is inadequate proof of the new tests efficacy and workability. Concerns too have been expressed over costs.  The public consultation on the proposed change by BIS will be launched in approximately 5 weeks time, so this will be great timing for dlegates to receive this information and this will hopefully then assist them in responding to the consultation.



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