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Furnishings Focus Newsletter 2021 Issue 1

UL’s Furnishings Focus Newsletter is back with timely updates on regulatory and safety standards, insights, exclusive content and events.

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March 30, 2021

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UL 970 Retail Fixtures and Merchandise Displays Standard Reference Guide

Learn how UL 970 provides a streamlined Standard with updated requirements that is inclusive to the innovations of displays over the years. 

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New Offering — Resimercial Furniture Product Gap Analysis

The resimercial market (short for residential and commercial) has become increasingly popular and UL wants to help ensure furnishing compliance regardless of the environment where it’s used. 

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American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Approved Safety and Performance Standard, ANSI/BIFMA X6.4-2021, Occasional-Use Seating

Standard requirements for home working environments are particularly relevant due to the COVID-19 pandemic as more and more people are required to work from home. UL can help furniture manufacturers testing according to the recent ANSI approved safety and performance standard, ANSI/BIFMA X6.4-2021, Occasional-Use Seating. 

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ANSI/BIFMA X5.5-2021, Desk and Table Products Standard Recently Revised

UL informs the commercial furniture industry that ANSI has recently approved revisions for the safety and performance standard: ANSI/BIFMA X5.5-2021, Desk and Table Products. The standard introduces one new test and revisions to several tests.

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BIFMA Compliant Registry Released March 1, 2021

Initially announced at Neocon 2019, the BIFMA Compliant Registry was released on March 1, 2021.  As an active BIFMA member with multiple ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratories globally, UL’s furniture testing services helps furniture manufacturers get listings in the BIFMA Compliant Register.

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California TB 117-2013 Adopted as Federal Flammability Standard for Upholstered Furniture to Take Effect in June 2021

On Dec. 21, 2020, Congress passed the Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act (SOFFA). Congress recently passed a law mandating nationwide compliance with California’s flammability standard for upholstered furniture. Included as part of the massive COVID-19 appropriations bill passed by Congress and signed into law by the President on Dec. 27, 2020, the mandate incorporates provisions previously proposed in SOFFA, a bill widely supported by the furniture industry.

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Proactive Planning Simplifies the Furniture Certification Process

Planning early for product certification allows you to make decisions on design considerations and helps speed up the time required to start the process.

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The Importance of Furniture Stability

Furniture tip-over is a huge issue that has cost the furniture industry billions of dollars in recalls, impacting your customers, consumers and your revenue stream. Over 19 million clothing furniture units have been recalled or retired from the marketplace due to tip-over hazards in recent years. Backed by expertise in furniture testing and evaluation, UL offers a UL Verified Mark for third-party Verification of furniture stability.

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