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May 18, 2009 - Revised by ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products, ASTM F2057 is intended to reduce injuries and deaths of children from hazards associated with tipover of clothing storage units. With latest revisions, chests, door chests, and dressers are required to include tip-resistant unit to secure piece of furniture to wall. Warning Labels must instruct users not to place TVs on storage units, to place heaviest objects in lowest drawers, and to not allow children to climb on furniture.

ASTM Consumer Products Committee Revises Furniture Safety Standard To Include Use of Tip Restraints and Warning Labels


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Press release date: May 15, 2009

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 15 May 2009-ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products continues to address emerging hazards associated with furniture tipover with its recently revised standard, ASTM F2057, Safety Specification for Chests, Door Chests, and Dressers.

ASTM F2057, under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F15.42 on Furniture Safety, is intended to reduce injuries and deaths of children from hazards associated with tipover of clothing storage units, covering chests, drawer chests, chests of drawers, dressers and bureaus. The standard features two tests: one that measures the stability of a piece of furniture in unloaded condition, and the stability with load test, which simulates a child around the age of five attempting to climb up or down on the furniture. The latest revisions to ASTM F2057 include:

o Chests, door chests and dressers are now required to include a tip restraint unit that parents can use to secure the piece of furniture to a wall.

o A warning label description. The label includes an explicit notation not to place televisions on chests, door chests and dressers, as well as warnings to place the heaviest objects in the lowest drawers, to not allow children to climb on the furniture, and not to open more than one drawer at a time.

Subcommittee F15.42 welcomes participation from all interested parties as it continues its work on future revisions to ASTM F2057 and other standards related to furniture safety. ASTM standards can be purchased from Customer Service (phone: 610-832-9585; service@astm.org) or at www.astm.org.

For technical Information, contact Thomas Lowery (phone: 860-646-7416; tlowery7777@gmail.com); or Daniel Lauzier, Ethan Allen Inc., Danbury, Conn. (phone: 203-743-8326; dlauzier@ethanalleninc.com).

ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. ASTM's open consensus process, using advanced Internet-based standards development tools, ensures worldwide access for all interested individuals. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, please contact Leonard Morrissey, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9719; lmorriss@astm.org).

Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.
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