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Implications of providing office/contract chairs for employees who are working at home

On behalf of its members, the Furniture Industry Research Association has sought clarification from the OPSS (Office for Product Safety Standards) via the Hertfordshire Trading Standards Office (TS), to determine if the office chairs in use in the home environment are required to comply with the UK’s Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (FFFSR-1988 Regulations) in circumstances where they have already been tested to BS 7176: 2008 + A1; 2011.

We also sought an answer for a specific issue concerning mesh backed chairs with upholstered seats: Where an office chair has a mesh back with no filling, does the mesh require to meet the regulations? For compliance with the FFFS 1998 Regulations, a chair with mesh seat and back with no upholstery would not require any FR testing, yet the wording of the Regulations suggests that if the chair has an upholstered seat then the mesh back would be required to meet the match tests. This is an anomaly within the Regulations, and so FIRA has requested guidance from TS.

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    As part of the review of the UK domestic flammability regulations, OPSS share updates on the project

  • Meeting the requirements of the Irish Fire Safety Regulations

    Meeting the requirements of the Irish Fire Safety Regulations

    News May 2021

    The BFC, BRC and UKTLF are working together on guidance for the industry on the differences between the two sets of Regu...

  • Upholstered furniture supplied to ROI must now meet Irish regulations, not UK regulations

    Upholstered furniture supplied to ROI must now meet Irish regulations, not UK regulations

    News April 2021

    This is a change in advice previously received and must be implemented with immediate effect

  • The 'why' and 'how' of flammability testing for domestic and contract Furniture’ playback

    The 'why' and 'how' of flammability testing for domestic and contract Furniture’ playback

    News March 2021

    Replay available to all members via our service provider, FIRA International

  • Webinar: Demystifying the flammability regulations

    Webinar: Demystifying the flammability regulations

    News February 2021

    Playback available, which centers on regulations for furniture and beds, across domestic and contract markets

  • UK / Ireland flammability regulations clarification

    UK / Ireland flammability regulations clarification

    News February 2021

    Upholstered furniture that meets UK fire safety regulations will continue to be accepted in Ireland post Brexit

  • Fire safety of contract seating in domestic settings

    Fire safety of contract seating in domestic settings

    News February 2021

    Draft guidance document on the fire safety of contract seating in domestic environments to be produced

  • Clarifications from Trading Standards regarding contract chairs in a domestic environment

    Clarifications from Trading Standards regarding contract chairs in a domestic environment

    News January 2021

    Clarification relates to 'legacy’ chairs (marketed pre-pandemic), contract chairs (marketed post-pandemic) and mesh bac...

  • New approach …to the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations

    New approach …to the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations

    News January 2021

    January newsletter from OPSS

  • Fire safety of contract seating in domestic settings

    Fire safety of contract seating in domestic settings

    News January 2021

    We've set up a cross sector steering group to establish clear guidelines that can be applied to office chairs used in th...

  • Contract flammability regulations are the fifth and final training session for members

    Contract flammability regulations are the fifth and final training session for members

    News December 2020

    Gives high level overview of the regs and address some of the main queries

  • Introduction to fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the contract sector training

    Introduction to fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the contract sector training

    Knowledge Hub

    Recorded training providing a high level overview of the contract flammability regulations

  • Consumer attitudes to fire safety information on furniture

    Consumer attitudes to fire safety information on furniture

    News October 2020

    Results from The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) research

  • OPSS: 'a new approach to the FFFSR'

    OPSS: 'a new approach to the FFFSR'

    News October 2020

    Key change is the entire time scale has been extended by about a year

  • Domestic flammability regulations are the focus of a new training session

    Domestic flammability regulations are the focus of a new training session

    News September 2020

    Includes requirements, responsibilities, testing and labelling

  • Introduction to the Domestic Flammability Regulations Training

    Introduction to the Domestic Flammability Regulations Training

    Knowledge Hub

    Recorded training to help you understand the fire safety regulations for household furniture

  • Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 as amended

    Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 as amended

    News August 2020

    Due to Covid-19 OPSS have been revising their timetable and does not expect to have new regulations ready until 2022

  • Interim enforcement policy for mattresses and mattress pads

    Interim enforcement policy for mattresses and mattress pads

    News March 2020

    CPSC’s Office of Compliance is revising the Interim Enforcement Policy

  • California AB2998 and ASTM E05 Fire Committee

    California AB2998 and ASTM E05 Fire Committee

    News December 2019

    California regulation prohibiting flame retardant chemicals in upholstered furniture

  • Furniture Fire Safety​

    Furniture Fire Safety​

    News November 2019

    Key point: upholstered furniture has a significant impact on domestic house fires

  • Westbridge recognised as ‘certified company’ under fire compliance scheme

    Westbridge recognised as ‘certified company’ under fire compliance scheme

    News June 2019

    Three of Westbridge’s UK production sites were assessed during audit process

  • Whitemeadow achieve ‘Certified Company’ status under compliance scheme

    Whitemeadow achieve ‘Certified Company’ status under compliance scheme

    News March 2019

    Compliance Scheme includes upholstery manufacturers, retailers and suppliers.

  • ACL 2002 LTD gain ‘Certified Company’ status under fire compliance scheme

    ACL 2002 LTD gain ‘Certified Company’ status under fire compliance scheme

    News January 2019

    Part of the process to become a ‘Certified Company’ was an in-depth audit

  • Mobus first fabric supplier to gain ‘Certified Company’ status under compliance scheme

    Mobus first fabric supplier to gain ‘Certified Company’ status under compliance scheme

    News January 2019

    They underwent thorough audit of processes and procedures

  • Interim policy for mattresses and mattress pads

    Interim policy for mattresses and mattress pads

    News January 2019

    Policy for mattresses subject to 16 CFR part 1632

  • Buoyant Upholstery gain ‘Certified Company’ status under fire compliance scheme

    Buoyant Upholstery gain ‘Certified Company’ status under fire compliance scheme

    News November 2018

    “Compliance and Safety is always at the forefront at everything we do"

  • Lebus Upholstery become first independent manufacturer to gain ‘Certified Company’ status under fire compliance scheme

    Lebus Upholstery become first independent manufacturer to gain ‘Certified Company’ status under fire...

    News August 2018

    The audit demonstrated that Lebus Upholstery have robust processes and procedures in place.

  • DFS gain further ‘Certified Company’ status under upholstery compliance scheme

    DFS gain further ‘Certified Company’ status under upholstery compliance scheme

    News May 2018

    Furniture manufacturers, DFS Furniture Company Ltd, has achieved ‘Certified Company’ status under the Furniture Industry...

  • New 'Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture'

    New 'Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture'

    News February 2018

    The new Compliance Scheme has been in operation for a month, and the first two companies to gain Certified Company statu...

  • DFS gain ‘Certified Company’ status under new fire compliance scheme

    DFS gain ‘Certified Company’ status under new fire compliance scheme

    News February 2018

    ​Furniture retailer DFS​ has gained ‘Certified Company’ status under the Furniture Industry Research Association’s (FIRA...

  • Advances in the substitution of Hazardous Flame Retardants In Home Textiles

    Advances in the substitution of Hazardous Flame Retardants In Home Textiles

    News January 2018

    FIRA recently attended a meeting in Brussels that outlined the scope of an EU funded project promoting research into red...

  • ScS first UK retailer to achieve Certified Company status under new FIRA Compliance Scheme

    ScS first UK retailer to achieve Certified Company status under new FIRA Compliance Scheme

    News January 2018

    ScS​, one of the UK’s leading furniture and flooring specialists, has become the first national furniture retailer to ac...

  • Compliance Scheme benefits for manufacturers

    FIRA Compliance Scheme benefits for manufacturers, Compliance scheme for the Fire performance of upholstered furniture, ...

  • How to join the FIRA Flammability Compliance Scheme

    Compliance scheme for the Fire performance of upholstered furniture, furniture flammability compliance scheme

  • European Chemical Agency calls for evidence on flame retardants used in polyurethane foams

    European Chemical Agency calls for evidence on flame retardants used in polyurethane foams

    News December 2017

    The European Chemical Agency (ECHA), with support from the Danish EPA, has recently published a draft screening report w...

  • FIRA Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture

    FIRA Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture

    Flammability - Show your commitment to compliance with the fire safety Regulations

  • Compliance Scheme benefits for retailers

    FIRA Compliance Scheme benefits for retailers, Compliance scheme for the Fire performance of upholstered furniture, furn...

  • BFC Proposal for updating UK Flammability Regulations - June 2017

    BFC Proposal for updating UK Flammability Regulations - June 2017

    Knowledge Hub

    Summary of the British Furniture Confederation’s Proposed Revision of Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regula...

  • The use of fire retardants

    The use of fire retardants

    News April 2017

    On 11 April The British Furniture Confederation (BFC) released a statement about the use of fire retardant chemicals in ...

  • ​​Consultation on updating Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations

    ​​Consultation on updating Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations

    News September 2016

    FIRA was informed yesterday that the Government has re-started the consultation into a potential revision of the fire sa...

  • Government update on the revision of the UK furniture flammability regulations

    News January 2016

    ​On the 19th of January we received the following communication from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills:

  • ​Report into current and alternative flame retardant technologies for furniture and furnishings

    ​Report into current and alternative flame retardant technologies for furniture and furnishings

    News December 2015

    Cause for concern over the potential toxicity of some flame retardant chemicals has prompted the UK's largest furniture ...

  • The potential impact of flame retardants on the 'end of life' of upholstered furniture and furnishings

    The potential impact of flame retardants on the 'end of life' of upholstered furniture and furnishin...

    Knowledge Hub

    This report investigates the impact of the presence of flame retardants on the furniture industry in relation to the dis...

  • How do flame retardant chemicals impact on recycling furniture?

    News October 2015

    ​A report into the impact the use of flame retardant (FR) chemicals in upholstered furniture has on its disposal and rec...

  • Current and Alternative Flame Retardants for Upholstered Furniture

    Current and Alternative Flame Retardants for Upholstered Furniture

    Knowledge Hub

    The use of flame retardants in furniture and furnishings is of great significance, especially in the UK, where fire safe...

  • Contract Flammability Guide: Fire Safety of Furniture and Furnishings in the Non-domestic Sectors

    Contract Flammability Guide: Fire Safety of Furniture and Furnishings in the Non-domestic Sectors

    Knowledge Hub

    The fire safety of upholstered furniture supplied into the non-domestic market is more complex. It is heavily influenced...

  • Flammability Guide: Fire Safety of Furniture and Furnishings in the Home

    Flammability Guide: Fire Safety of Furniture and Furnishings in the Home

    Knowledge Hub

    Any filling material, whether foam or non-foam, intended for use in furniture, must meet specified ignition tests. This ...