In May 2014, Kaiser Permanente announced that it would no longer buy furniture treated with flame-retardant chemicals, where code permits. Some flame-retardant chemicals are believed to pose a threat to human health and the environment, according to researchers. Other U.S. health networks have adopted the same safeguard, including Advocate Health Care, Beaumont Health System, Hackensack University Medical Center, and University Hospitals.
Because healthcare furniture is all we do at Stance, we’ve been working to stay ahead of this trend. We strive to guide and assist our customers in their efforts to limit undesirable chemicals in the products they buy from us. For example, in the case of CAL 133 compliance, fabrics are protected with the K800 Barrier from Preferred Finishing, a flame-retarding treatment that meets CAL133 requirements and does not contain any Listed Chemicals (see California Proposition 65 – oehha.ca.gov).
All Stance seating products are level®-Certifiedto conform to the BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard (read about this exciting news in our recent blog post). And the following is a growing roster of our fabric suppliers that claim that some or all of their fabrics are free of Listed Chemicals or are within what PROP 65 considers “safe harbor” limits:
Paul Brayton www.paulbraytondesigns.com
Ultra Fabrics www.ultrafabricsllc.com
For advice on healthcare fabric selection and flame-retardant fabrics, please consult with the Stance Healthcare Customer Service Team. We welcome your questions!