The State of California has repealed requirements for flammability resistance (TB133 open flame test) for furniture in public buildings (public spaces in hotels, prisons, hospitals, schools, auditoriums and stadiums …). Furniture in these buildings will now only have to pass the TB114-2013 “smolder resistance” test (the same as for domestic upholstered furniture). The repeal of this fire safety requirement is based on the claim that “it reduces the public’s exposure to carcinogenic organohalogen flame retardants”.
California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Report, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI) amends furniture flammability standards by removing requirements of Technical Bulletin 133, “Flammability Test Procedure for Seating Furniture For Use in Public Occupancies”, 23 January 2019 https://bhgs.dca.ca.gov/bureau_activities/regulatory_changes.shtml
Chemical Watch 31 January 2019 “California repeals business furniture flammability standard” https://chemicalwatch.com/73872/california-repeals-business-furniture-flammability-standard