Health Canada Publishes Updated Industry Guide on Futon Flammability Requirements
On February 28, 2019, Health Canada published an updated industry guide on futon flammability requirements under Mattresses Regulations (SOR/2016-183). However, there is no change to the Mattresses Regulations.
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Futons are Japanese style mattresses that can be rolled or folded and are often used on a frame that converts from a sofa to a bed. This type of mattress is subject to Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and Mattresses Regulations (SOR/2016-183).
A mattress is defined in the regulations as an item that is intended, promoted or normally used for the purpose of being slept on that contains resilient material enclosed within a ticking, but does not include:
- A mattress pad
- An infant multi-use pad
- Any part of an article of upholstered furniture that may also be used for the purpose of being slept on that is not a separate mattress
- A crib, cradle or bassinet mattress
- A one-of-a-kind prescription mattress
The guide covers the following topics:
- Legislation in Canada that applies to futons
- Summary of test methods for assessing futon flammability
- Impact of chemical flame retardants, materials and constructions on futon flammability
- Educating consumers on fire safety
For enquiries, please contact:
SGS Consumer and Retail
Technical Manager (Hardlines)
t: +1 (905) 364-3757
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