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Input Sought on Mattress Flammability Information Collection

Monday, March 17, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is accepting comments through April 16 on the proposed extension of approval of an information collection associated with the Standard for the Flammability of Mattresses and Mattress Pads (16 CFR part 1632) and the Standard for the Flammability (Open Flame) of Mattress Sets (16 CFR part 1633).

The regulation at 16 CFR part 1632 prescribes requirements for testing prototype designs of mattresses and mattress pads to assess ignition resistance to smoldering cigarettes. The standard requires manufacturers to maintain records concerning the mattress or mattress pad prototype, testing results and substitute materials. The regulation at 16 CFR part 1633 establishes requirements to test mattress prototypes using a flaming ignition source (a pair of propane burners) that represents burning bedclothes. The standard requires manufacturers to maintain certain records to document compliance with the standard, including records concerning prototype testing, pooling and confirmation testing, and quality assurance procedures and any associated testing for open-flame ignition sources.

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