The California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) is updating its textile flammability document, Title 19, for the first time since 1993. While the work is ongoing and has yet to be presented to the public for comment, some of the changes that may be implemented include these provisions:
- Every fabric submitted to the CSFM for certification will still need to be tested by an approved, independent lab, but the CSFM will no longer be conducting its own secondary test, except on a random basis.
- Inherently flame retardant fabrics may need to be retested every four years to maintain CSFM certification.
- Outdoor fabrics will need to be tested to the CSFM Large Scale Test, as well as have samples undergo weathering per ASTM G155, and then tested to the CSFM Small Scale Test.
- The testing for certification of individuals performing aftermarket applications of flame retardant chemicals will be restricted to onsite locations in California.
- The Field Test method has been changed, including using a butane lighter as an ignition source rather than a wooden kitchen match.
IFAI’s technical services manager, Juli Case, maintains a seat on the CSFM Flame Retardant Advisory Committee. For a more detailed summary of potential CSFM changes, visit the Technical Advisory Committee’s technical bulletin at www.ifai.com/tactechnicalbulletin.