Category Archives: BIFMA

BIFMA M7.1-2007

Test Method for Determining VOC Emissions From Office Furniture Systems, Components and Seating

Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association / 2011 /

The standard Test Method is intended for determining volatile organic compound
(VOCs including aldehydes) emissions from office furniture and seating under environmental
and product usage conditions that are typical of those found in office buildings.

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ANSI/BIFMA X5.1-2011

American National Standard for Office Furnishings – General Purpose Office Chairs – Tests

Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association / 13-May-2011 / 97 pages

This standard is intended to provide manufacturers, specifiers, and users with a common basis
for evaluating the safety, durability, and structural adequacy of general-purpose office chairs.
General-purpose office chairs are normally used in an office environment and may include, but
are not limited to those seating styles typically referred to as: executive/management,
task/secretarial, side/guest chairs, stacking chairs, tablet arm chairs and stools.

This standard describes the means of evaluating general-purpose office chairs, independent of
construction materials, manufacturing processes, mechanical designs or aesthetic designs.
This standard does not address lounge seating, flammability, surface material durability,
cushioning materials, product emissions, or ergonomic considerations.

The standard defines specific tests, the laboratory equipment that may be used, the conditions
of tests, and the minimum acceptance levels to be used in evaluating general-purpose office
chairs. The acceptance levels and test parameters given in this standard are based on the
actual field use and test experience of BIFMA International members. Where appropriate, the
CAESAR anthropometric database (2002 report), which indicates the 95th percentile male
weighs 253 pounds, was used in the development of the tests. The tests were developed with
an estimated product life of ten years based on single-shift usage. Product life will be affected
by user size/weight, product use, care and maintenance, environment, and other factors, and,
as such, product compliance to this standard does not necessarily guarantee a ten-year product

The tests in this standard are intended to assess the performance of new products only. They
are not intended to assess a product that has been in use.

ISO 17025 requirements for measurement uncertainty do not apply to this standard.

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