AFA Product Safety News for Consumers, Retailers and Suppliers

The AFA places a strong emphasis on product safety. It actively supports Members’ safety programs and promotes action across the industry to improve furniture safety.

We remind consumers to look for the Australian Furniture Association logo when purchasing furniture. The AFA receives numerous consumer enquiries on a daily basis and it makes it easier for us to assist if we can trace back to an AFA Member for support and action, both to protect the consumer and also assist our Members to be responsible and compliant suppliers.

For more information contact the AFA via our contact us page.

Not a Member? Visit our  Become a Member Page and sign up today!

 

Furniture Tip-Over Prevention 

Toppling furniture can seriously injure young children.

The AFA has contributed to the development of the National Retail Association’s Best practice guide for furniture and television tip-over prevention and is now working with Members and other suppliers to promote and implement best practice. Retailers are encouraged to stock AFA Member approved products. Consumers are encouraged to look for the AFA Logo when buying furniture which may be a toppling risk.

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Media Releases & Previous Work
Buying Furniture for a Venue? 
Tipping Furniture Warning
Warning on Toppling Furniture following the Death of another Child
Let's Talk About Shelving ... In the Living Room

Find an AFA Member here.

AFA workshops for suppliers and retailers are being held in 2017.

Check our Events page for current workshops or contact us for more detail.

Not a Member? Visit our  Become a Member Page and sign up today!

 

Toxic Chemicals

There are concerns about azo dyes – which are linked to cancer – found in some imported leather upholstered furniture, such as lounges, dining chairs and bed headboards. And there has been an increase in the number of complaints from consumers about smell and or some physical reactions to furniture.

Reactions could include headaches, rashes or a whole range of things. It doesn’t mean it’s caused from azo dyes but it’s worth checking for the health of your family.

Most leading Australian retailers will not sell furniture containing azo dyes, but buying from an international online retailer could present a bigger risk, as they may not be aware of Australian standards.

Is your product from a reputable compliant supplier? Find an AFA Member here.

Media Releases & Previous Work

Media Release: Are You Sitting on a Cancer-Causing Couch?
Media Release: ACCC investigates possible AZO dye risk

For more information contact the AFA via our contact us page.

Monitoring Product Recalls

Furniture manufacturers and consumers can keep track of furniture recalls on the Product Safety Australia website. Anyone can subscribe to receive notification of newly posted recalls, including specifically for furniture.

Media Releases & Previous Work
Online Dealz and its director Janet Lucas to pay $120,000 in penalties for selling unsafe baby cots and strollers
ACCC updates Senate Estimates on National Infinity Cable Recall
International Expert to Lead Talks on the Impact of Furniture Recalls and Top Tips on How to Avoid Them
PRODUCT RECALLS ON THE RISE   

Recent Recalls Include Cots – Bunks - Tolix Chairs

Recalls in 2016-17 include metal replica Tolix chairs recalled by multiple retailers. Find out if your item is on the recall list.

Anyone unsure if their product is amongst those listed by these suppliers should visit https://www.productsafety.gov.au/news/tolix-replica-chair-recalls

The AFA has also expressed concern about a series of recalls for household cots in 2017.

Review of Mandatory BUNK BED Standards
Review of Australian Mandatory Standard for Household Cots

Bunk Beds Under Scrutiny Just Before Christmas Orders Close

 

Safety Standards

The AFA is an active contributor at Standards Australia in the development of product safety standards, including furniture stability, office and education workstations, chairs, desks and mandatory standards for cots and bunk beds. Standards exists for domestic and commercial use furniture.

Compliance with safety and quality standards helps avoid product recalls. AFA Members are supported in their compliance with standards.

To learn more about Australian Standards visit Standards Australia or contact the AFA via our contact us page.

 

AFA Safety Partners & Associates

AFRDI

The AFA is represented on the board of the Australasian Furnishing Research and Development Institute. Furntech-AFRDI conducts research and testing to advance furniture safety across the region.

Furntech-AFRDI
How much more time have you spent sitting?
Standards and Testing the Australian way in global markets
Safe Seating for Public Spaces – A Must for Commercial Furniture Suppliers

AB Phillips

AB Phillips is the national risk, insurance and financial services business and partner to the AFA. AB Phillips help members to manage risks associated with product liability and recall.

PRODUCT RECALLS ON THE RISE
Discounted HR Advice for Members
An engaged team - your best marketers!
Overcoming the “back to work blues”

TUV

TUV Rheinland Australia
International Expert to Lead Talks on the Impact of Furniture Recalls and Top Tips on How to Avoid Them - TUV

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