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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 uk furniture fire and safety regulations 1988
Enforcement of the UKFurniture Fire and Safety Regulations 1988

  • Jenny Stubbings Specialist Trading Standards Officer – Safety

  • Essex County Council

  • 7 December 2006


Trading standards
Trading Standards

  • What do we do:

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


Trading standards1
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
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 amended1
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
Enforcement in the UK 1988

Local Authority Trading Standards

Has Powers to

  • Demand documents

  • Search premises

  • Seize goods

  • Suspend products

  • Make test purchases

  • Investigate and Prosecute


Enforcement issues
Enforcement Issues 1988

  • 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
Display Labels 1988 (Swing tags)

front reverse


Display labels swing tags1
Display Labels 1988 (Swing tags)

front reverse


Permanent label
Permanent Label 1988

  • It is an offence to not have this label attached


Example
Example 1988


What do we want to achieve
What do we want to achieve? 1988

  • 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? 1988

  • Any questions?


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