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New standard for bariatric beds

The Furniture Industry Research Association has followed the 2017 publication of standard FS 058: 2017 Seating - Performance and dimensional requirement for bariatric seating with a new standard for bariatric beds, FS 060: 2019 Beds – performance and dimensional requirement for bariatric beds.

This new standard specifies test methods and requirements for safety, strength and durability performance requirements for the structural safety and stability of all types of bariatric beds and bed bases for contract and domestic use, by persons weighing between 150kg to 250 kg (23.5 to 40 stone). It also recommends dimensional requirements for bariatric beds.

Speaking on the publication of the standard, Phil Reynolds, COO of the Furniture Industry Research Association, said “Designing bariatric products can pose issues for designers and manufacturers, as it is not just the case of taking a ‘standard’ product and increasing dimensions. There is so much more which needs to be taken into account, including how weight mass needs to be distributed, and our team worked with bariatric models to establish what happens in real life. This is why we wanted to support the industry in the challenges they face from changing demographics through the development of this new standard.”

Sections within the bariatric bed standard include:

  • Scope
  • Test equipment, general test conditions and test reports
  • Tolerances
  • General safety requirements for shear and squeeze points - including when setting up and folding, under the influence of a powered mechanism and during use
  • Stability, strength and durability requirements
  • Dimensional requirements
  • Design considerations
  • Standard rationale for loads, cycles, loading points and dimensions

The Bariatric Bed Standard is available to all members of the Furniture Industry Research Association here. Non-members can purchase a copy for £125 here.

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