We understand that when you buy a bed for your child, their health and safety is your primary concern. Not only do you think about the strength of its design and construction, you also need to look at the materials used due to the possibility of emissions or the presence of heavy metals.
At South Shore Furniture, safety is our number one priority. To ensure the safety of our products, we adhere to rules and standards that are widely recognized in our field.
The infamous formaldehyde…
We often get asked if the smell of new furniture comes from the chemical formaldehyde. Not at all! You’ll sleep better in the knowledge that the American CARB standards are very strict on this subject, and all our suppliers must comply with them. Manufactured particle board products are tested by an accredited laboratory set up specifically for this purpose. In addition to external testing, we regularly check components and assembled furniture to ensure that formaldehyde emissions do not exceed these standards. Did you know that formaldehyde levels cannot be reduced to zero because the substance is naturally present in wood?
So what’s behind the smell? It comes from the dozens of wood species used to manufacture the boards.
Detection of heavy metals: we’re on it!
Even though trace amounts of lead and other heavy metals are measured in parts per million (ppm), they nevertheless remain a major concern. For children’s furniture, the U.S. has created more stringent regulations than Canada—although similar standards will likely be implemented in this country in the near future (fingers crossed!). We’ve decided not to wait: all of our products now meet these exacting standards.
Without going into technical details, the amount of lead is measured in the surface coating (e.g., the paint) for all components of the product and in the substrate of the components you handle on a regular basis (e.g., plastic handles). Laboratories that evaluate these materials must be certified by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the American equivalent of Health Canada.
How do logistics fit in?
As you can imagine, implementing such measures requires a thorough reorganization of our production logistics to avoid using non-conforming components (i.e., those without a certificate) and ensure the traceability of components. Now that these practices are well established at South Shore Furniture, we are confident that our furniture meets the highest health standards.