California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation, SB 1019 authored by Senator Mark Leno, that gives California consumers the ability to make informed decisions about whether to buy furniture containing unnecessary flame retardant chemicals.
The legislation requires a disclosure of the use or absence of flame retardant chemicals on existing furniture labels. The new labeling requirement will provide California consumers clear information about the furniture products they are purchasing, specifically concerning compliance with fire safety standards and the absence or presence of added flame retardant chemicals.
The bill is supported by furniture manufacturers and a broad coalition of consumer, health, environmental protection and labor groups.
SB 1019 goes into effect on January 1, 2015.