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New European and British Standard for office desks launched

Thursday 7 July 2011

- Taller office workers can now sit comfortably, thanks to a revision of standards for office desks -

For the past two years the European office furniture standards committee (CEN TC SC3 WG2) have been studying the sizes of Europeans and compiling data to drive a revision of the current industry standard for desk dimensions.
The results of the study found that over the past 30 – 40 years, people have been increasingly growing taller; however, the industry standard for desk dimensions has not accommodated this change. Instead, people have been working at desks designed to standards based on the estimated sizes of people in the 1970’s, meaning that the body sizes of today’s workforce does not match that of their office workstation. Being 180 cm (6ft) tall might have been rare in the 1970’s, but now you have to be 190 or 200 cm (6 ft 4) to be noticed.
The previous office desk/table standard, BS EN 527 Part 1:2000, has now been revised with the new standard, BS EN 527-1 2011
The revised standard means that any desks bought or designed for an office environment will now have to comply with a new set of height, depth and legroom dimensions. The revision requires larger legroom and greater ranges of adjustability.

The standard provides dimensional requirements for four types of desk/tables; those which are fully adjustable; height selectable; fixed height, as well as a type where only very limited adjustability is provided.

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