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Flammability training in West Midlands

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FIRA International, the service provider to the Furniture Industry Research Association, has released details of two new flammability courses which will be taking place in Wednesbury, West Midlands. The courses will be delivered by Phil Reynolds, Technical Development Manager at FIRA International, and COO of the Furniture Industry Research Association.

The courses confirmed are:

The curriculum for the domestic furniture course will explain the requirements of the Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations (FFFSR) covering the supply of furniture and beds for domestic use. The course will be structured in a way to show why and how the regulations came about, a look at what’s in and out of scope, together with an explanation of the testing and labelling requirements.

Crucially this course will also reference the recent Government response to the 2016 consultation regarding the FFFSR. The response, which was published on 18th July, came off the back of the Environmental Audit Committee’s enquiry into ‘Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Life’. Whilst details and time-frames are currently unclear, more is expected over the coming months.

The non-domestic course will explain how the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire safety) Order affects the supply of furniture and beds for office, contract and hospitality use.

Both courses will take place at the Element Materials Technology ‘supersite’ in Wednesbury. The 50,000 square foot site, which opened in June 2017, is operated by the parent company of FIRA International. The location was chosen to help make the FIRA International courses more accessible for those from across the furniture industry who are based in the North of England.

Places will be limited on both courses to give the opportunity for delegates to ask questions related to their specific company circumstances. Further details are available from, by emailing or calling +44 (0)1438 777 700.