AHFA is actively engaged with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and ASTM International on all safety initiatives involving residential furnishings.
AHFA and several of its member companies sit on the ASTM F15.42 Furniture Safety Subcommittee, which oversees three voluntary technical standards related to furniture construction. These include a horizontal glass standard for desks and tables (F2813), a stability standard for clothing storage furniture (F2057) and a safety specification for clothing storage chests (F2598). The committee also oversees a safety specification for furniture tip restraints (F3096). All of these standards can be found at www.astm.org.
In addition to these voluntary measures, producers of bunk beds are subject to a mandatory safety standard. Requirements for adult bunk beds can be found at 16 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) part 1213, and requirements for children’s bunk beds are found at 16 CFR part 1513.
Federal law requires that manufacturers and importers of bunk beds comply with additional requirements in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). Children’s bunk beds must be certified and tested for compliance by a CPSC-accepted, third party laboratory. Adult bunk beds require a General Certificate of Conformity certifying that they have been subjected to a reasonable testing program to ensure compliance.
AHFA serves a critical purpose in keeping its members and the industry at large informed about furniture safety issues.
AHFA is not an enforcement agency and has no authority to monitor compliance with mandatory and voluntary safety measures. However, through available channels, the Alliance and its member companies seek to promote awareness of furniture safety issues and to keep manufacturers and importers up-to-date on compliance requirements. The Alliance and its member companies also support efforts to keep current safety standards relevant, effective and with a clear pathway to compliance.
In addition to its participation and expertise on the ASTM Furniture Safety Subcommittee, AHFA sponsors industry educational forums, develops detailed compliance guidance, works to educate key regulators and their staffs, funds research and data analysis and serves as the voice of the industry in the media on furniture safety issues. (February 2019)