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Clothing Textile Flammability Testing Requirements Could be Amended

Wednesday, April 08, 2015
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission is accepting through June 8 comments on a petition requesting changes in the requirements for preparation of clothing textiles for flammability testing in the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles, 16 CFR part 1610.

The petitioner asserts that the pre-test conditioning requirements for textile samples for plain surface textile fabrics and raised surface textile fabrics are inappropriate and unrealistic for silk fabrics because they require a process that removes all moisture from silk fabric samples, resulting in unrealistic measures of textile flammability. The petitioner is therefore requesting that the standard be changed to require that all clothing textile samples, including silk, be conditioned at a lower temperature and at a higher level of humidity. The petitioner is also requesting that the CPSC add to the standard a new subsection to apply specific conditioning standards to the flammability testing of refurbished (i.e., laundered or dry cleaned) textiles.

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