I was a civil servant, working on the UK's Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (FFRs) from 2004 until December 2015. From 2009 I led on the overall review of the FFRs. From early 2013 to August 2014, as the dedicated expert, I developed a new match test for the FFRs, in conjunction with my Department's appointed technical advisor, Steve Owen of Intertek. This new test would have made our furniture fire-safe (our research proved that the current test is not safe), greener and cheaper. But the chemical industry would have lost millions. The test remains blocked.
The main purpose of this site is to expose a scandal that affects the health of every person in the country. It is causing thousands of cancers and other illnesses, with children particularly vulnerable. It is something the government had the means to put right more than two years ago. But weak-willed and possibly corrupt civil servants caved into industry and are delaying vital safety changes.
In short, the hugely powerful chemical industry is manipulating UK law so that their products get into our sofas in huge amounts. These flame retardant chemicals are supposed to protect us from fire but there is plenty of proof that they do so poorly or not at all.
The USA changed its sofa flammability laws over two years ago. Public pressure won out against the mighty chemical industry and now US citizens can buy furniture free of flame retardant chemicals. But in the UK, we are still stuck with levels of flame retardants in our sofas and mattresses even higher than the USA faced.
In September 2016, under pressure from the press, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) put out a consultation document that proposes changes to the UK's Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. On the surface, this is the government attempting to finally reduce flame retardants in our furniture. But the consultation is in fact a sham and plays directly into the hands of the chemical industry and its allies.
This site is in the process of being built. I will gradually add evidence, links, testimonies, etc, towards helping the UK to rid itself of the chemical industry's grip on businesses and government. You can read my response to the BEIS consultation elsewhere on this site.
Site Contents - Pages
THE GRENFELL TOWER FIRE
At the time of writing, the massive role played by burning sofas/mattresses inside Grenfell Tower is being downplayed. In fact, furniture was a far bigger source than cladding of hydrogen cyanide inside the tower and, the fact the current Regulations are ineffective, means it was released much faster than it should have been while escape time from fire was greatly reduced.
Includes true stories about the history of how the chemical industry and inept civil servants are blocking moves to prevent fire deaths and unnecessary cancers and other diseases.
BBC'S 'RIP-OFF BRITAIN', 10 MAY, 2017
Link to the programme (available for 29 days following initial transmission), and my analysis of the content.
Details, papers, etc of the whistleblowing case I took out against my managers at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
THE CODE OF PRACTICE SCAM
It's clear that civil servants are not going to put right our fire laws. The chemical industry and its friends know this and have planned a 'code of practice' to replace them - the bottom line being that the same high levels of toxic flame retardants will remain in our furniture.
THE LIES OF THE BRITISH FURNITURE CONFEDERATION
I analyse a press released by the BFC, 'explaining' the Sunday Times article of 9 May 2017, and show how they are lying to you in order to protect their members' backs.
THE FULL FACTS
More detail and background, explaining the UK's furniture flammability regulations, along with the evidence and facts needed for anyone to see that the public is being put at risk of death and illnesses such as cancer by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
THE FULL FACTS EXTRA
More explanation and papers in support of, or clarifying, the situation regarding the still-blocked new match test. For example, an extraordinary 12-page document written by a senior civil servant to convince me that she was right after she'd already removed me from my post. Extraordinary, by the way, not in terms of technical savvy but in demonstrating that her hubris had no limits. The document also shows my comments which prove that just about everything she wrote is wrong. She refused to discuss it any further after that because, she said, I was no longer in the job. As I wasn't when she sent me the document.
THE GOVERNMENT'S 2016 CONSULTATION SHAM
My response to BEIS's September 2016 consultation - forced into play by the Sunday Times - showing how civil servants are continuing to keep the public at huge risk purely to protect their careers.
CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO BUYING FURNITURE
Here I attempt to set out easy to understand guidelines for anyone wishing to buy the safest possible furniture. At present, this is a minefield that even trained journalists have found very difficult to negotiate - a fact that in itself says much about what is wrong with UK consumer fire safety laws.