Upholstered Furniture Fire Safety Technology Meeting Agenda

CPSC is holding an upholstered furniture fire safety meeting on April 25, 2013
April 25, 2013

This meeting was recorded. The video is four parts.

9 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.

Video: Part 1

Welcome/Opening Remarks

Dr. George Borlase, Consumer Product Safety Commission 


Meeting Format Overview

Andrew Stadnik, Consumer Product Safety Commission 

9:10 a.m. to 9:25 a.m.

Video: Part 1

Plenary Presentation: Overview of the Commission's Recent Activities on Furniture Flammability Rulemaking


Rik Khanna, Consumer Product Safety Commission

9:25 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Video: Part 1

Plenary Presentation: Fire and Flammability Statistics


Kathleen Almand, National Fire Protection Research Foundation

9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Video: Part 1

Expert Panel: Fire Barriers Materials/Technologies and  Capabilities/Limitations, Mattress Barriers, Cost Considerations


Steve Wolf, Jones Fiber Products

Timothy Meade and Pat Carroll, Milliken & Co.

Kathy Dorrity, Ventex

Bill Purdue, American Home Furnishings Alliance

Q and A

CPSC Staff Moderator 

11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Video: Part 2

Expert Panel:  Application of Other Fire Safety Technologies to Residential Furniture: 


Dr. Arlene Blum, UC Berkeley and Green Science Policy Institute 

Anatha Desikan, ICL-Industrial Products America 

Q and A 

CPSC Staff Moderator

12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


1:30 pm to 3 p.m.

Video: Part 3 

Expert Panel: Fire Barrier Test Methods/Research


Dr. Tom Fabian, Underwriters Laboratories   

Dr. Rick Davis, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dr. Rich Lyon, Federal Aviation Administration

Dr. Donald Lucas, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Dr. Vytenis Babrauskas, Fire Science and Technology 

Q and A

CPSC Staff Moderator 

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Video: Part 4

General Q and A and Wrap Up


CPSC Staff Moderator


Please Note: All times are approximate and all sessions and speakers are subject to change.