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Information Collections on Textiles, Vinyl Film, Mattresses Under Review

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Textiles and Vinyl Film. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is seeking comments by March 27 on the proposed extension of a collection of information from manufacturers and importers of clothing, textiles, and related materials intended for use in clothing under the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles and the Standard for the Flammability of Vinyl Plastic Film.

Clothing and fabrics intended for use in clothing (except children's sleepwear in sizes 0 through 14) are subject to the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles. Clothing made from vinyl plastic film and vinyl plastic film intended for use in clothing (except children's sleepwear in sizes 0 through 14) are subject to the Standard for the Flammability of Vinyl Plastic Film. These standards prescribe a test to help ensure that articles of wearing apparel, and fabrics and film intended for use in wearing apparel, are not dangerously flammable because of rapid and intense burning.

The CPSC uses the information compiled and maintained by firms that issue guaranties that a product complies with an applicable flammability standard to help protect the public from risks of injury or death associated with clothing and fabrics and vinyl film intended for use in clothing. In addition, this information helps the CPSC pursue corrective actions if any products covered by a guaranty fail to comply with the applicable standard in a manner that creates a substantial risk of injury or death to the public.

Mattresses. The CPSC is accepting comments through March 27 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 mattress/mattress pad standard prescribes requirements to test whether a mattress or mattress pad will resist ignition from a smoldering cigarette. It also requires manufacturers to perform prototype tests of each combination of materials and construction methods used to produce mattresses or mattress pads and to obtain acceptable results from such testing. Manufacturers and importers must maintain the records and test results specified under this standard.

The mattress set standard requires manufacturers to maintain certain records to document compliance, including maintaining records concerning prototype testing, pooling, and confirmation testing, and quality assurance procedures and any associated testing. The required records must be maintained for as long as mattress sets based on the prototype are in production and must be retained for three years thereafter.

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