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New European Standard for Office Seating published

BS EN 1335-2: 2018 Office furniture. Office Work Chair. Safety Requirements

This 2018 version replaces the previous 2009 version of the standard with immediate effect. The standard has been revised to reference the most current test method standards:

  • BS EN 1022: 2018 Furniture. Seating. Determination of strength and durability
  • BS EN 1728: 2012 Furniture. Seating. Determination of stability

The previous test method standard, BS EN 1335-3: 2009 Office Furniture. Office Work Chair. Test methods, has now been withdrawn.

Whilst the main purpose was to harmonise test methods with the new standards, it should be noted that some of the test methods are significantly different from previous versions. In particular the corner stability test contained within BS EN 1022 is different from the previous test contained in BS EN 1335-3. Manufacturers and importers can therefore not be certain that a product that satisfied the previous version of EN 1335-2 will satisfy the requirements in the new standard.

In addition the new version of EN 1335-3 contains a National Foreword that explains the UK’s dissatisfaction with the ‘Rolling Resistance’ test within the standard, that contains requirements unsuitable for the majority of the UK furniture market.

For more information, or to have your product tested, email info@fira.co.uk or call 01438 777700.

 

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