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ASTM committee tables changes to address more tip-over data

HIGH POINT — A committee on furniture safety that met here earlier this month tabled any major changes to the voluntary anti-tip standard ASTM F-2057 until it can work further with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to study more comprehensive data on tip-over incidents that the agency is seeking on the issue.

Changes recommended by the CPSC in September 2016 including increasing the anti-tip test weight on clothing storage units from 50 to 60 pounds. The CPSC believes this would represent the 95th percentile of children up to age six and also address the effect of alternate flooring materials such as carpeting on tip over incidents.

The voluntary standard ASTM F-2057 applies to clothing storage units such as chests, bureaus and dressers that are above 30 inches in height. It was recently updated (F-2057-17) with some new language and a new pictograph that illustrates the dangers of children climbing on clothing storage units.

As part of its own analysis of the need for any changes to the standard, the committee provided data it received from the CPSC this past spring that included both IDI (In-Depth Investigation) data and NEISS (National Electronic Injury Surveillance System) data relating to tip over incidents from 2005 and 2015. Based on graphs representing some 500 incidents during that period, including some fatalities but mostly injuries, the vast majority of tip-over incidents involved children between ages one-and-a-half and four years old. Around 9% of the injuries reported involved five and six year olds.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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