American Standards Testing - ANSI/BIFMA

FIRA can test the safety and performance of office and lounge seating to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) Standards.

The US Standards are intended to provide manufacturers, specifiers, and users with a common basis for evaluating safety, durability, and the structural adequacy of the specified furniture. The ANSI/BIFMA Standards differ from British and European Standards, and define specific tests, laboratory equipment to be used, conditions of the test, and minimum acceptance levels to be used in evaluating products.

Standards

ANSI/BIFMA X5.4-2005 Lounge Seating

ANSI/BIFMA X5.4 is intended to provide manufacturers, specifiers, and users with a common basis for evaluating the safety, durability, and structural adequacy of business and institutional lounge seating. This standard does not address general-purpose office chairs or seating used for stadiums, auditoriums, lecture rooms and similar high-density public seating areas.

Performance Levels
Tests
  • Backrest Strength Test - Horizontal - Static
  • Backrest Strength Test - Vertical - Static
  • Back Durability Test - Horizontal - Cyclic
  • Back Durability Test - Vertical - Cyclic
  • Arm Strength Test - Horizontal - Static
  • Arm Strength Test - Vertical - Static
  • Arm Durability Test - Horizontal - Cyclic
  • Arm Durability Test - Vertical - Cyclic
  • Seating Durability Test - Cyclic
  • Drop Test - Dynamic
  • Structural Durability Test - Cyclic
  • Base Test - Static
  • Leg Strength - Front and Side Application
  • Unit Drop Test - Dynamic
  • Caster/Unit Base Durability Test - Cyclic
  • Swivel Test - Cyclic
  • Tilt Mechanism Test - Cyclic
  • Stability Tests
  • Tablet Arm Load Ease Test - Cyclic
  • Tablet Arm Load Test - Static