The United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, describes Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MSC) as “an adverse physical reaction to low levels of many common chemicals.”
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), on behalf of the U.S. government, established regulations beginning July 1, 2007 that requires all mattresses sold in the United States to meet certain fire retardant standards. The law further requires that mattress labeling includes information indicating that the mattress meets current federal regulations concerning flammability.
Off gassing is a fairly major concern among people interested in purchasing a new mattress. Consumers consider a wide variety of factors when purchasing new mattresses such as, size, comfort, support, durability, lifespan, etc. As consumers become more educated, however, they’re more interested in issues involving the airflow of the mattress and whether or not off gassing is a concern.
The Prevalence of Allergies in the United States
In the United States, allergies comprise the fifth leading chronic disease for people of all ages. And, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the rank increases to become the third most common chronic disease in the U.S. for children under the age of 18. Common allergies include seasonal, pet, mold, chemical, dust, and more. If you suffer from severe allergies, you know how careful you must be when selecting bedding, carpeting, and even window coverings for your room.