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New seating standard announced

Monday 11 May 2009

A significant new set of harmonised European Standards for assessing the structural safety of office task chairs has been published. It is BS EN 1335-2: 2009 Office Furniture – Office work Chair – Safety requirements. BS EN 1335-3: 2009 Office Furniture – Office work Chair – Test methods

This set of standards replaces the 2000 versions, which are now withdrawn. The documents cover office task chairs, that is chairs with a gas lift that are designed to be used with VDU screens. The Standard covers use by persons weighing up to 110 kg, for up to 8 hours a day.

“For manufacturers in particular these changes are significant,” said Phil Reynolds of FIRA. “Office seating products will need to be retested to prove compliance – and certainly it will be essential for businesses selling into Europe to meet the most up-to-date version of the standards.”

The new Standards are a total revision of the existing requirements. Part 3, the test method Standard, has been revised to reflect the test methods contained within the current International Standard for office task chairs – ISO 21015: 2007 Office furniture -- Office work chairs -- Test methods for the determination of stability, strength and durability.

For more information see: http://www.bsigroup.com/en/Shop/Publication-Detail/?pid=000000000030163946

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