Advanced Furniture Testing – The New Benchmark in Certification
Who is Advanced Furniture Testing?
Advanced Furniture Testing is an accredited independent laboratory which tests commercial furniture to specific Australian and international furniture standards.
In its mechanical testing laboratory, Advanced Furniture Testing conducts tests using specialised technical apparatus which simulate real-life use and foreseeable misuse for many types of furniture.
Advanced Furniture Testing is accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA). It is authorised to test and certify furniture to 14 international furniture standards and is regularly audited by NATA to ensure a high level of technical competence and integrity.
Who is NATA?
NATA ensures that laboratories and technical facilities are accredited to internationally recognised standards. It conducts audits to ensure the facilities meet these world standards in testing and comply with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (General Requirements for the Competence of Testing Laboratories).
Who is Standards Australia™?
Standards Australia is the leading independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation specialising in the development and adoption of international and Australian standards.
What tests are carried out?
In order to certify commercial furniture to international standards, the following tests are conducted:
These tests generally endeavour to simulate the normal use of the product by mechanical apparatus using accelerated simulation.
SAFETY • STRENGTH • DURABILITY • STABILITY
What is a Standard?
Standards are intended to provide all users with a common basis for evaluating the safety, durability and structural adequacy of furniture. They are developed in a consensus-based process organised by a recognised standards body. In Australia this is Standards AustraliaTM (AS/NZS).
In the USA this is ANSI/BIFMA.
In summary, standards:
- Describe the means of evaluating furniture products
- Define the specific tests
- Define the test equipment that may be used
- Define the minimum acceptable levels
- Define how products should be tested
Benefits of Certified Furniture
- Assures the furniture meets a high standard of safety
- Provides insight into the structural adequacy, strength and durability of a product
- Identifies any issues prior to the furniture being employed into the workplace
- Reduces risk relating to workplace injuries or accidents
- Provides peace of mind that purchasing decisions are based on documented evidence. This can only be achieved through certification.
Certification = Reduced Risk = Peace of Mind
What Standards does Advanced Furniture Testing certify?
NATA has approved Advanced Furniture Testing to perform tests to 14 Australian and international standards. Each piece of furniture is put through an extensive series of tests which determine the furniture’s strength, durability and stability. Only furniture that has passed the tests specified in these standards can be certified.
|1||Tables||BS EN 1730 – Tables|
|2||Tables||BS EN 15372 – Non-domestic tables|
|3||School and Educational Furniture||AS/NZS 4610.2 – Chairs|
|4||School and Educational Furniture||AS/NZS 4610.3 – Tables and Storage Furniture|
|5||Office Workstations, Tables and Desks||ANSI/BIFMA X5.5 – Desks & Tables|
|6||Office Workstations, Tables and Desks||AS/NZS 4442 – Office Desks|
|7||Office Workstations, Tables and Desks||ANSI/BIFMA X5.6 – Workstations|
|8||Office Workstations, Tables and Desks||AS/NZS 4443 – Office Panel Systems (workstations)|
|9||Chairs - Fixed and Adjustable Height||AS/NZS 4438 – Height-adjustable swivel chairs|
|10||Chairs - Fixed and Adjustable Height||AS/NZS 4688 – Fixed height chairs|
|11||Chairs - Fixed and Adjustable Height||ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 – Office Chairs|
|12||Chairs - Fixed and Adjustable Height||ANSI/BIFMA X5.11 – Large occupant seating|
|13||Chairs - Fixed and Adjustable Height||BS EN 1335 – Office work chairs|
|14||Chairs - Fixed and Adjustable Height||ISO 21015 – Office work chairs|