Founded in 1904, Whitney Brothers® invented wood furniture for Early Learning and Institutional Childcare and pioneered its commercial distribution through educational distributors and dealers in schools, childcare centers, Head Start facilities, churches, libraries, museums, and residential homes throughout North and South America, the UK and Europe. Their rich 111-year heritage blends old world craftsmanship with state-of-the-art manufacturing technology to create award-winning products of uncompromising quality, design, safety, durability and value Source: Whitney Brothers
B. Whitney Brothers is known for the quality and safety of their furniture.
Every product Whitney Brothers manufacture is GREENGUARD® Gold Certified, qualifies for LEED credits, meets or exceeds CPSIA, ASTM and BIFMA requirements, carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty, and is proudly made in America. The materials they use are solid hardwoods and solid plywood laminates sourced from responsibly managed sustainable forests. Their manufacturing techniques achieve smooth, rounded edges, employ the strongest woodworking joints (dowel and glue, screws), and are finished by hand. All knobs, handles, hooks, magnets and moving parts are tested to ensure they are smooth, rounded, and firmly attached to prevent breaking free under rigorous use. Their state-of-the-art finishes are safe, non-toxic, durable and meet the most stringent safety requirements Source: Whitney Brothers
What is LEED?- LEEDis a certification system that deals with the environmental performance of buildings based on overall characteristics of the project. They do not award credits based on the use of particular products but rather upon meeting the performance standards set forth in our rating systems. It is up to project teams to determine which products are most appropriate for credit achievement and program requirements. Source: http://www.usgbc.org
What is CPSIA?- This landmark consumer product safety law provided CPSC with significant new regulatory and enforcement tools as part of amending and enhancing several CPSC statutes, including the Consumer Product Safety Act. The CPSIA included provisions addressing, among other things, lead, phthalates, toy safety, durable infant or toddler products, third-party testing and certification, and tracking labels, imports, civil and criminal penalties and SaferProducts.gov, a publically-searchable database of reports of harm.
The CPSIA defines the term “children’s product” and generally requires that children’s products:
1.)Comply with all applicable children’s product safety rules;
2.)Be tested for compliance by a CPSC-accepted accredited laboratory, unless subject to an exception;
3.) Have a written Children’s Product Certificate that provides evidence of the product’s compliance; and
4.) Have permanent tracking information affixed to the product and its packaging where practicable. Source: http://www.cpsc.gov/
Where can I find a Whitney Brothers’ CPSIA certificate?
What is ASTM? ASTM International is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services Source: ASTM.org
What is BIFMA? BIFMA is the trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers. Since 1973, BIFMA has been the voice of the commercial furniture industry.
BIFMA sponsors the development of safety and performance standards, provides industry statistics and forecasts, advocates for regulatory conditions that foster value and innovation, and serves as a forum for member cooperation and collaboration. Source BIFMA.org