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FIRA International release 2020 training schedule

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FIRA International has released their initial training schedule for 2020, with a focus on domestic and contract flammability, upholstery regulations, CE Marking Electrically Powered Office Furniture and PAS7100, Risk Assessments and Due Diligence.

‘Furniture Fire Safety Training’ takes place in February, May, September and November, with a focus on the requirements of the Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations covering the supply of furniture and beds for domestic use. The course is hosted by Phil Reynolds, Technical Development Manager at FIRA International, and also COO of the Furniture Industry Research Association.

February, May, September and November also sees Reynolds delivering ‘An Introduction to Upholstered Furniture Regulations’, where course delegates will benefit from an introduction and understanding of the relevant regulations in the furniture industry.

Reynolds’ third course takes place in October, looking at the ‘Fire Safety of Contract and Office Furniture’, with a curriculum explaining how the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire safety) Order affects the supply of furniture and beds for office, contract and hospitality use.

Suzie Radcliffe-Hart hosts two ‘PAS7100, Risk Assessments and Due Diligence’ courses in February and May. These courses examine the PAS7100 (Code of practice on consumer product safety related recalls and other corrective actions) and helps delegates digest the requirements of the standard.

Furthermore, Bruce Lovell is hosting ‘CE Marking Electrically Powered Office Furniture’ in March and June. This curriculum reflects the rise in the sales of powered office furniture including motors like sit stand desking and height adjustable monitor arms, as these products require CE marking by the responsible person placing the product on the market in the first instance and is a legal requirement.

As the service provider to the Furniture Industry Research Association, FIRA receive preferable training fees on all the aforementioned courses. FIRA International’s experts can also provide tailored training sessions delivered at their UKAS-accredited facilities in Hertfordshire, or at clients’ premises.

In addition to the training schedule, FIRA International are also hosting two free events in 2020. On February 12 they are once again teaming up with the Furniture Ombudsman to host a ‘Furniture inspection/repair and consumer legal update’ session, which will cover the latest consumer legal updates, and the process of furniture inspection and repair when customers report a possible product defect.

The following day, on February 13, FIRA International are hosting their first Open Day of 2020, this gives those from across the furniture industry the opportunity to tour their UKAS accredited facilities, try repairing furniture and learn more about the work of the Furniture Industry Research Association.

Further details on all courses and events are available via, or +44 (0)1438 777 700.