Beware of the Carcinogenic Dangers of Uncertified Church Chairs!

ChurchPlaza is the first church and sanctuary chair provider to laboratory certify it’s chairs, foundations, fabrics and foam to be in compliance with applicable international, united states/ state government and industry recommended standards and requirements for no/low emissions from carcinogenic chemicals.

Certified Safe and True

Certified Green

Following extensive testing by an internationally recognized United States based commercial testing laboratory, be it known that

ChurchPlaza worship seating (models Jericho, Ambassador, Jubilee, Joshua, Celebration, Inspiration, Harmony and Banquet Chairs) and in accordance with ANSI/BIFMA e-3-2014 furniture sustainability standard, ChurchPlaza’s worship seating is compliant with ANSI/BIFMA e3-2014 furniture sustainability standards section 7.6 established for seating to be classified as low-emitting furniture.

The chairs were also found to be compliant with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) freestanding criteria, LEED v4 and CHPS criteria. Qualified project usses of these chairs may be eligible for ANSI/BIFMA e3-2014, LEED and CHPS criteria.

By successful compliance with these standards, the chairs also meet the criteria of MAS Certified Green.

Please obtain the following assurances in writing from any church seating provider your church may be speaking with or don’t buy their chairs!

  1. That all plywood or pressboard seat/back foundations used in their chairs are certified to be in compliance with CARB Phase 2 (California Air Resources Board) AND The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act (signed July 7, 2010)…..both establishing formaldehyde emissions limits for indoor plywood and press board products. Failure to do so may expose your congregation to dangerous levels of carcinogenic chemical fumes.
  2. That all foam used in the chair is laboratory certified to have non-detectable emission levels of TDCPP (a known carcinogen present in many commercial flame retardants) AND the foam used in the chairs is laboratory certified to be free from formaldehyde.
  3. That the chair fabric has been laboratory certified to be in compliance with international free formaldehyde standards contained in JIS 112 and The European Oeko-Tex100 and American textile Restricted Substances List.
  4. To further protect your church, insist the chair provider warrant IN WRITING; 1) That ALL (100%) foam used in the chair is VIRGIN, high density commercial grade foam 2) That ALL (100%) of the foundation fasteners are high quality steel to steel T-nut fasteners and 3) That all fabric wear, durability and fabric characteristics claims be certified by the fabric manufacturer and 4) That all paints used meet applicable regulations. Effective 4/8/13

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas often used as a preservative and industrial processes. It is commonly found in many products such as chemicals, particle board, household products, glues, permanent press fabrics, paper products coatings, fiberboard and plywood. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and irritant to humans. To minimize human danger, the united states government and the state of california have enacted strict legislation known as CARB2: The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act and The California Air Resources Board Regulations for Composite Wood Products Phase 1 and 2. Although not subject to all provisions of this legislation, ChurchPlaza has voluntarily initiated manufacturing of all church seating to meet the strictest standards using CARB2 Certified raw materials and components in the manufacturing of ChurchPlaza seating. ChurchPlaza is the first provider of church chairs, sanctuary and church seating to adapt these rigorous product standards.

TDCPP

TDCPP is a chemical used as a flame retardant by the furniture industry to meet flammability standards. TDCPP is found in the polyurethane foam used in a number of products in addition to home furnishings. In october, 2012 california enacted strict standards limiting the emission of TDCPP (ref. California proposition 65). TDCPP is a known irritant and carcinogenic to humans. Raw materials used in the manufacturing of ChurchPlaza church chairs, sanctuary and church seating meet the strictest standards (non-detectable) of proposition 65 limiting the emission of TDCPP. Our seating foam does not contain formaldehyde: formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas often used as a preservative and industrial processes. It is commonly found in many products such as chemicals, particle board, household products, glues, permanent press fabrics, paper products coatings, fiberboard and plywood. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and irritant to humans.

For Chairs Manufactured Before 4/18/2013

ChurchPlaza has always used the highest quality raw materials in the manufacturing of our chairs and we have always met or exceeded International, United States, State and Industry laws and regulations in place at the time of manufacturing. This was no exception for chairs manufactured before 4/8/13. Our chairs manufactured between 9/5/11 and 4/8/13 meet the same raw material standards now in effect with the exception of those later established by CARB 1 and 2: The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act impacting chair foundations and back. Because ChurchPlaza has always used high quality plywood in our chair foundations and backs and not the cheaper and weaker imitation plywood, particle board, strand board, etc., our quality plywood foundations had lower emissions than most other chairs on the market at the time of manufacture. We have always used the highest quality raw materials including 100% virgin high density foam free of formaldehyde. These combined factors have combined to make ChurchPlaza’s church chairs the highest quality and safest available.

View Our MAS Certified Green Certificate of Compliance