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Enforcement of the UK Furniture Fire and Safety Regulations 1988. Jenny Stubbings Specialist Trading Standards Officer – Safety Essex County Council 7 December 2006. Trading Standards. What do we do: Help protect the public and honest businesses from rogue traders and illegal practices.

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Enforcement of the UKFurniture Fire and Safety Regulations 1988

  • Jenny Stubbings Specialist Trading Standards Officer – Safety

  • Essex County Council

  • 7 December 2006


Trading Standards

  • What do we do:

  • Help protect the public and honest businesses from rogue traders and illegal practices


Trading Standards

  • It is a team that advise, persuade and when necessary prosecute

  • We are concerned with the law that governs goods and services which are bought, hired and sold


The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 as amended

  • One of the pieces of legislation that we enforce is “The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 as amended”

  • Why was this legislation introduced


The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 as amended

  • The regulations set stringent levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture unique in Europe


Enforcement in the UK

Local Authority Trading Standards

Has Powers to

  • Demand documents

  • Search premises

  • Seize goods

  • Suspend products

  • Make test purchases

  • Investigate and Prosecute


Enforcement Issues

  • Look for the label

  • Look at the records

  • Tie back to the manufacturer

  • Where we think there is a problem, test purchase or seize and test


Display Labels (Swing tags)

frontreverse


Display Labels (Swing tags)

frontreverse


Permanent Label

  • It is an offence to not have this label attached


Example


What do we want to achieve?

  • To continue to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from house fires in the UK

  • Compliant furniture being sold in the UK

  • The UK currently leads Europe in the terms of the Furniture Flammability Regulations and Trading Standards would like to see the rules extended throughout the EU


Any Questions?

  • Any questions?


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