SSA to Sponsor GREENGUARD Presentation at Las Vegas Market

Scott SteadyThe Specialty Sleep Association (SSA) and UL jointly announced today that Mr. Scott Steady, Product Manager, Volatile Organic Compound Emissions Testing and Certification, UL Environment will be giving a presentation to the furniture and mattress and bedding industry at the Winter Las Vegas Market on chemical emissions and the UL GREENGUARD Certification program. The program will be entitled: “GREENGUARD: Clearing the Air on Chemical Emissions Claims.”

Dale T. Read, President of the SSA, says that the association and its BEDFAX program is very pleased to sponsor this in-depth informative program that reaches out to all furniture and home furnishings suppliers, manufacturers and retailers who wish to understand the GREENGUARD Certification program and how it works to back-up chemical emission claims concerning their products with technical data.

UL's GREENGUARD Certification program helps manufacturers create—and buyers identify and trust—interior products and materials that have low chemical emissions, improving the quality of the air in which the products are used. All certified products must meet stringent emissions standards based on established chemical exposure criteria.

“Most of our exposure to environmental pollutants occurs by breathing indoor air,” Steady explained. “Bedding and furniture products can emit chemicals such as formaldehyde and other VOCs that can cause odor, irritation, and other health effects. As consumers seek healthier, more sustainable products, increasing scrutiny has been placed on manufacturer’s health and sustainability claims. The GREENGUARD Certification program tests products to strict chemical emissions limits, which contribute to the creation of healthier interiors. GREENGUARD Certification provides the market with solutions and resources to identify products with lower chemical emissions, and provides manufacturers with credible tools to legitimize and promote their sustainability efforts.”

The January presentation will provide concrete information to manufacturers and marketers of furniture and bedding products, including:

• What is the importance of Indoor Air Quality and how does it affect health?

• Learn what GREENGUARD Certification is, the technical requirements, the certification process and how it differs from other programs

• How GREENGUARD Certification provides value to manufacturers, consumers and retailers

• What manufacturers can do ensure the product claims they make are accurate and credible.

“This is another SSA sponsored program in a series focused on educating and informing manufacturers and retailers about contents labels, certifications, truth in marketing claims and consumer transparency,” Read explained. “In the past, SSA has sponsored speakers such as Environmental Consultant Vicki Worden of Worden Associates, Lori Wyman of Control Union who spoke on the Global Organic Textiles Standard, and Attorney James Kohm, Enforcement Attorney for the Federal Trade Commission ‘Green Guides.’ This is one more service the SSA is providing to our members to keep them and their bedding industry colleagues informed in the arena of marketing claims, standards and certifications.”

For more information on the Specialty Sleep Association and UL, visit www.sleepinformation.org, www.BEDFAX.org, and www.UL.com.

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