AHFA is actively engaged with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials) on all safety initiatives involving residential furnishings.
A new standard for horizontal glass, ASTM F2813, and a revision to the bunk bed standard, ASTM F1427-13, were approved in 2013. A revision to the furniture tip-over standard, ASTM F2057-14, was finalized in 2014, along with a new standard, ASTM F3096-14, for tip restraints.
The CPSC is also expected to begin rulemaking in 2015 on new guidelines that would require companies to create an “internal compliance program” as part of their corrective action plan in the event of a product recall. The agency has already begun requiring these programs in its settlement of civil actions.
An AHFA staff person chairs the ASTM Subcommittee on Furniture Safety, ensuring that industry expertise is present in all rulemaking and the establishment of any product-specific testing criteria.Through its public relations efforts, AHFA works to keep its members, the industry at large and its customers the public informed about furniture safety issues. On the topic of furniture tip-over hazards, AHFA has held press conferences at the High Point Market, issued press releases to thousands of media outlets, and conducted consumer research to help create effective consumer education strategies.
On August 2015, AHFA hosted CPSC officials, ASTM International, Underwriters Laboratory, national child safety organizations, the Consumer Electronics Association, tip restraint producers and more than 40 manufacturers of residential and commercial furniture for a day-long furniture safety symposium. As a result of the meeting, regulatory officials gained a greater understanding of the current furniture tip-over standard. Furniture engineers were challenged to consider new types of furniture anchoring systems, and the television industry was urged to become more involved in tip-over prevention efforts. (September 2015)