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ASTM Course to address flammability of upholstered furniture.

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February 12, 2009 - Scheduled twice during 2009, 1-day ASTM Technical and Professional Training course will provide students with basic understanding of mandatory and voluntary flammability performance and quality control test standards for upholstered furniture, mattresses and mattress/box spring sets, and bedding sold in U.S. Both open flame and smoldering tests will be covered. Students will learn how to conduct tests, assess test results to determine compliance, and avoid recalls and penalties.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

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ASTM Course on Regulatory Compliance for Flammability of Upholstered Furniture

Press release date: February 10, 2009

Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of Upholstered Furniture, Mattresses, and Bedding Sold in the United States is a new one-day ASTM Technical and Professional Training course to be held twice during 2009. This course will provide students with a basic understanding of mandatory and voluntary flammability performance and quality control test standards for upholstered furniture, mattresses and mattress/box spring sets, and bedding (bed clothing) offered for sale in the United States. Both open flame and smoldering tests will be covered. Students will learn how to properly conduct tests; assess test results to determine if products are in compliance; learn what products put their companies at risk; and how to avoid costly recalls and penalties. The cost for the course is $495 and includes copies of various federal, state and voluntary flammability test standards and information about ASTM and Committees D13 on Textiles and E05 on Fire Standards. Two classes are scheduled for 2009: July 28 in San Antonio, Texas (Southwest Research Institute), and Sept. 23 in Columbus, Ohio. To obtain a free brochure, contact Eileen Finn, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa. (phone: 610-832-9686; fax: 610-832-9668; efinn@astm.org). This course can be tailored to your company's needs and can be brought by ASTM International to your site. Call Scott Murphy, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa. (phone: 610-832-9685; smurphy@astm.org) for details. 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. [corrected version]

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