Safety

At Franklin & Ben, we design with every consideration of your experience with our products in mind. On the top of our priority list is the safety of your child. We surpass national and international safety standards to provide you with the best quality product possible.

Additionally, we take into account things like lasting quality and durability to ensure that your furniture pieces grow with your changing family's needs.

We Surpass the Safety Standards

Requirement ASTM/CPSC Standards Franklin & Ben
Slats/spindles static load strengths
(16 CFR 1219, ASTM F1169)
80 lbs 135+ lbs
Total lead content in paint
(CPSIA Section 101)
<.009% <.001%
Total lead content in surface coating
(CPSIA Section 101)
<.009% <.001%
Total lead content in substrate
(CPSIA Section 101)
<.01% <.001%
Phthalates
(CPSIA Section 105)
<.1% undetectable

Materials and Processes

Materials

We produce our cribs, dressers and changers using high-quality, American poplar hardwood. Because hardwood is denser than softwood, it is more durable and less likely to dent or scratch. With its straight-grained, fine even texture, Poplar's smooth surface takes paints and stains beautifully and creates an easy-to-clean surface. Furthermore, Poplar's composition allows it to readily accept nails and screws without splitting, making it perfect for crafting durable, long-lasting furniture. Unlike other hardwoods, Poplar is renowned for its fast growth and renewability.

Select furniture pieces encompass birch veneer panels. Birch veneers are a hard and sturdy wood that are less prone to splitting, cracking, dents, and scratches. Additionally, its unique grain patterns lend natural beauty to our furniture pieces.

When construction requires the use of medium density fiberboard (MDF), Franklin & Ben uses only materials that are CARB II compliant.

Franklin & Ben's Empire Rocker is composed of Ash Hardwood legs and upholstered in 100% leather. All surface coating and finishes are lead safe. The foam used in cushions is free of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs).

Stains & Paints

Our products are finished in non-toxic multi-step staining and painting process. The paint used for all of our products are formaldehyde and lead safe; the formaldehyde level for all of our furniture is undectectable. Paint is considered safe when it has toxic materials under 300 parts per million (ppm). In order for a company to claim low toxicity, it must have no more than 90 ppm. Franklin & Ben products come in at less than 10 ppm. We perform annual paint tests in order to maintain consistent quality, exceeding JPMA regulations. In addition, Franklin & Ben products have zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds), testing at less than 5 g/L.

CPSIA Section 101

  • Our products are all formaldehyde and lead safe; the formaldehyde level for all of our furniture is undetectable.
  • Paint is considered safe when it has toxic materials under 300 parts per million (ppm). In order for a company to claim low toxicity, it must have no more than 90 ppm. Franklin & Ben products come in at less than 10ppm.
  • We perform annual paint tests in order to maintain consistent quality, exceeding U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations.

Testing & Quality Control
 

All our products are sent to a 3rd party CPSC-certified lab for testing to ensure compliance with ASTM standards.

After third party testing, 25% of our full-size crib models are tested quarterly to adhere to all guidelines.

Our annual paint tests have allowed us to achieve consistent quality and enabled us to exceed U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission paint safety standards.

We have created our own rigorous quality control program to stay ahead of industry standards. A quality control team at our production site individually checks and hand packs each piece to ensure the highest quality of craftsmanship before products leave our factory doors. Items are re-inspected and assembled by another team upon arrival in the US.

Product Safety

Full-Size Cribs

Mattress supports are built with strong and safe CARB II Compliant MDF, which provides optimum support.

Metal inserts with lock washers and self-locking nuts are used, instead of wood screws. (16 CFR 1219, ASTM F1169)

As required, slats are a maximum of 2 3/8" apart. Each slat withstands at least 135lbs of pressure, exceeding the minimum of 80 lbs. (16 CFR 1219, ASTM F1169)

After third party testing, 25% of our full-size crib models are tested quarterly to adhere to all guidelines.

Certifications

  • ASTM F1169
  • 16 CFR 1219
  • SOR/2010-261 certified (all cribs)

Tips

  • Stop using our full-size cribs when your child begins to climb or reaches 35"
  • Crib mattresses should be at least 51.625"L x 27.25"W, with thickness not exceeding 6".

Changers & Dressers

All of our changing and dressers include an optional anti-tip kit, to help attach the item to the wall and provide additional security.

Some of the major requirements for Changer and Dresser standards include testing for structural integrity, tip-proof stability with anti-tip kit, barriers, entrapment and enclosed openings and shelves. (ASTM F2388, ASTM F2057)

Certifications

  • ASTM F2388 (changing tables)
  • ASTM F2057 (dressers)

Tips

  • Our changing tables have a maximum weight capacity of 30 lbs.

Upholstered Rockers

All material finishes are lead safe.

All foam used in our seating are free of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs).

Certifications

  • CPSIA Section 101
  • CPSIA Section 108 : Phthalates
  • TB116 — Flame Retardance of Upholstered Furniture
  • TB117 — Flame Retardance of Resilient Filling Materials

California Proposition 65

What is the California Proposition 65 Warning?
California Proposition 65 requires warning labels on products that could possibly contain any of the more than 800 chemicals or materials that the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) considers harmful. This list includes a multitude of naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals. The listed chemicals may also be used in manufacturing and construction, or they may be byproducts of chemical processes.

Since there is always a possibility that our products or packaging materials could have been exposed to some of the hundreds of materials listed in Prop 65, we must include this warning below on select products:

"WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Antimony trioxide, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and Ethylene glycol, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov."

The products that require this warning are pads, mattresses, and products that come with cushions or pad. In the case of cradles, mini cribs, and changers, the warning is regarding the included pad, and not the furniture. We can assure you that all our cribs and wooden furniture are tested to meet all required CPSC and ASTM standards, which include testing for formaldehyde, phthalates, heavy metals such as lead, and other at-risk substances.

As a family company committed to safety, we test all our products on a yearly basis to ensure that they are safe to use.

Our products meet current CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) standards and CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) 101 and 108. These acts regulate lead and phthalate levels in children’s products, and all our products are lead and phthalate safe.

We are compliant with the most current voluntary standards and federal regulations, and even have our own safety metrics that go well beyond State and Federal requirements. Please rest assured that at franklinandben, we will always continue to strive for the very best in quality and safety for your family.