Seminar on the Fire Safety Regulations of Upholstered Furniture

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    In conjunction with the midlands region of SBID (the society of British interior design)

    Factory tour to see upholstery being manufactured from the frame to the finished article.
    Opportunity to view the latest designs and upholstery fabrics from major brands in the newly refurbished pf collections 5000 sq ft showroom facility.Venue: P F Collections Ltd
    Oakleaf House
    Acton Road
    Long Eaton
    NG10 1FU

    Date: June 19th 2012

    This seminar is open to all members of SBID, and the interior design clients of P F Collections Ltd. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

    The furniture and fire safety regulations became law in 1988. With the passage of time, these regulations sometimes do not receive the detailed attention that they require to make sure that upholstery supplied to clients complies with the law. Many of the people in the industry that were in business when the regulations were introduced and vigorously monitored by trading standards have either retired or left the industry due to the enormous reliance in the uk on imported furniture.

    The subject is now receiving greater attention due to increased monitoring by trading standards who report that as much as 50% of furniture supplied fails to comply with the regulations. In the case of non-domestic property, new regulations introduced specifically for that area of the industry is being more vigorously monitored by the health and safety executive and local authorities.

    The penalties for supplying non-compliant furniture are very onerous with the most severe cases attracting prison sentences. Closures of buildings due to non-compliance of the new regulations introduced in 2008 are becoming an increasing common occurrence. As with all law, ignorance of the requirements of the law is not a defence.

    If you specify, supply or purchase upholstered furniture it is essential that you fully understand the regulations, know what records and information you need to keep to ensure that every piece of upholstery complies with the law.

    John Campbell, the managing director of P F Collections Ltd has been involved in the manufacture of upholstery since 1976. He was actively involved in the industry discussions which helped formulate the 1988 regulations, has led discussion groups for numerous organisations over the past few years and will lead this seminar.
    At the end of this seminar you will understand the regulations in detail, know what records to keep and be able to demonstrate to any compliance officer that you and your business not only understand the regulations but that you also comply. Seminar notes will be supplied to those attending.

    If you know the answers to the following questions then you probably do not need to attend. If you do not then you should book your place immediately.

    • The fabric I wish to use does not pass the cigarette test. Can I use it if a fire retardant back coating is applied?
    • The fabric is 100% natural fibre but has not been tested by the supplier. Can it be used with an interliner because it contains more than the required 75% natural fibre content?
    • Can I supply a sofa in calico for my client to make their own loose covers?
    • What labelling is required for the furniture I supply?
    • What are the different requirements of the furniture and fire safety regulations 1988 and the regulatory reform (fire safety) order 2005?
    • I wish to supply a hotel with sofas and chairs. Which regulations apply?

    Morning coffee on arrival from 11am
    Seminar from 11.30 is followed by a light buffet lunch
    The seminar will be held in the newly refurbished 5000sq ft showroom
    Tour of the factory is also available for those wishing to see chairs and sofas being manufactured

    P F Collections Ltd is situated close to junction 25 of the M1 and trains run regularly from London St Pancras and many other destinations to Long Eaton Station. Collection and return to Long Eaton Station can be arranged.

    Book your place now by e mailing or call him on 0115 9461282

    Daniel Fountain / 21.05.2012

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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