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New standard for bariatric beds

This news article has been archived for reference only. It should not be relied upon for up-to-date information

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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    FIRA Standard created due to the absence of any British or European Standards applicable to children’s domestic and camp...

  • Furniture Retail Quality Group - Industry Standard    Furniture - Children’s Domestic Furniture – Storage furniture – Requirements for strength, stability and durability

    Furniture Retail Quality Group - Industry Standard Furniture - Children’s Domestic Furniture – St...

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    FIRA Standard created due to the absence of any British or European Standards applicable to children’s domestic and camp...

  • Furniture Retail Quality Group Best Practice Guide 2017 - Glass in Furniture

    Furniture Retail Quality Group Best Practice Guide 2017 - Glass in Furniture

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    The guide has been developed in conjunction with the Furniture Retail Quality Group, whose members include technologists...

  • FIRA Standard - Performance and Dimensional Requirements for Bariatric Seating

    FIRA Standard - Performance and Dimensional Requirements for Bariatric Seating

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    This FIRA Standard specifies safety, strength and durability performance requirements for the structural safety and stab...

  • FIRA Standard - Performance and Dimensional Requirements for Bariatric Beds

    FIRA Standard - Performance and Dimensional Requirements for Bariatric Beds

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    This FIRA Standard specifies safety, strength and durability performance requirements for the structural safety and stab...

  • Standards meeting reports archive

    Standards meeting reports archive

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  • Quarterly Standards Update Reports

    Quarterly Standards Update Reports

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    These quarterly reports reflect the changes to furniture related standards notified to the Research Association

  • Technical and consultancy services

    Technical and consultancy services

    Our experts can provide support on a wide range of topics, tailored to the needs of your organisation

  • Ergonomic services

    Ergonomic services

    Our highly qualified experts can help you maximise the comfort, safety and efficiency of your products

  • FIRA International Ergonomics Excellence Award Holders

    FIRA International Ergonomics Excellence Award Holders

    Companies awarded by FIRA International for their design and manufacture of ergonomically excellent products

  • Standards Update Report - June 2018

    Standards Update Report - June 2018

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    Details of new standards, changes and standards in development

  • Standards update report - September 2020

    Standards update report - September 2020

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    Summary of changes, new standards and standards in development

  • Sustainability services

    Sustainability services

    We can help you meet your environmental responsibilities through our sustainability certification and management systems

  • Club Green

    Club Green

    Health, safety and environmental legislation service for the furniture industry

  • Club Green Member Newsletters

    Club Green Member Newsletters

    Environmental updates,

  • Club Green Members Manual

    Club Green Members Manual

  • Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme

    Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme

    Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability through independently verified scheme for the furniture industry

  • The European Timber Regulation - your legal responsibility

    The European Timber Regulation - your legal responsibility

    Helping you comply with the European Timber Regulation

  • Chain of custody and timber procurement

    Chain of custody and timber procurement

    Our experts can help you implement a chain of custody systems

  • Flammability services

    Flammability services

    Our experts can help you deal with product safety issues, meet all the necessary regulations and protect your brand

  • ​Business Process Improvement

    ​Business Process Improvement

    Our experts can work with companies optimise processes to achieve more efficient results

  • Testing services

    Testing services

    Use our comprehensive testing services to evaluate the safety, durability, and structural adequacy of your product

  • Flammability testing

    Flammability testing

    UKAS accredited flammability testing on all types of upholstery, fabrics, foams, feathers and fillings

  • Upholstery testing

    Upholstery testing

    Upholstery tests focus on fabric, foam, flammability and structural.

  • Chairs and seating

    Chairs and seating

    Strength and stability testing of all types of seating, to ensure fitness for purpose

  • Beds and mattresses

    Beds and mattresses

    Beds, mattresses and components (springs, toppers, foams)

  • Tables and desks

    Tables and desks

    We test tables (including glass) and desks for safety, stability, strength and durability

  • Storage furniture

    Storage furniture

    Our experts can test all types of storage furniture and components for safety, strength and durability

  • Kitchen testing

    Kitchen testing

    Kitchens must be fit for purpose, our tests replicate regular use and even occasional misuse

  • Children’s furniture testing

    Children’s furniture testing

    We can test a wide range of childcare product including pushchairs, high chairs, changing units, cots and beds

  • Balustrade testing

    Balustrade testing

    Ensuring they meet domestic or commercial regulations

  • Standards Update Report - June 2019

    Standards Update Report - June 2019

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    Details of new standards and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - March 2019

    Standards Update Report - March 2019

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    Details of four new standards and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - September 2018

    Standards Update Report - September 2018

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    Details of new standards, changes and standards in development

  • Standards update report - June 2020

    Standards update report - June 2020

    Knowledge Hub

    Summary of changes, new standards and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - March 2020

    Standards Update Report - March 2020

    Knowledge Hub

    Summary of changes, new standards and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - September 2019

    Standards Update Report - September 2019

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    Details of new standards and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - December 2019

    Standards Update Report - December 2019

    Knowledge Hub

    Summary of changes, new standards and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - December 2018

    Standards Update Report - December 2018

    Knowledge Hub

    Details of new standards, changes and standards in development

  • ​Specifying leather for furniture

    ​Specifying leather for furniture

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    Identifying which standards and properties are relevant to leather performance

  • Standards applicable to the sale of childcare (furniture) products in the UK

    Standards applicable to the sale of childcare (furniture) products in the UK

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    A summary of some of the products and standards relating to the manufacture, specification and sale of furniture and rel...

  • Test equipment

    Test equipment

    Need some in-house test equipment? Our experts can design and build equipment to your specification

  • What do I need to know to sell highchairs in the UK?

    What do I need to know to sell highchairs in the UK?

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    Summary of highchair testing and specification requirements taking account of the current standards and possible introdu...

  • Product testing videos

    Product testing videos

    See how our experts carry out tests on various products

  • Mattresses

    Mattresses

    See our mattress roller in action, it gives and indication of how mattresses will perform over years of use

  • Sliding doors

    Sliding doors

    Our experts test all types of doors on furniture items such as cabinets and wardrobes

  • Motorised recliners

    Motorised recliners

    See how our experts test motorised recliners

  • Seating

    Seating

    The principles of testing domestic and non-domestic chairs are similar in principles, but specifics within the standards...

  • Colour fastness to light

    Colour fastness to light

    Natural and artificial light can fade fabric, especially if it is by a window. We can test colour fastness to light

  • Drawers

    Drawers

    See how our experts test the durability of drawers. This gives an indication of long-term performance

  • Cots

    Cots

    How our experts test the durability of cots

  • Colour fastness to rubbing

    Colour fastness to rubbing

    See how our experts gauge how liable fabrics are to colour fastness when rubbed

  • Cabinet doors

    Cabinet doors

    How cabinet doors are tested for durability

  • Sofas

    Sofas

    See how the experts at FIRA International test sofas

  • Benches

    Benches

    Here's an example of how our experts test a bench

  • Ottoman beds

    Ottoman beds

    See how our experts set up an ottoman bed for testing to assess performance over a set number of cycles

  • Foams

    Foams

    Get an insight into how foams (for example those used in upholstery) are tested

  • Office chairs

    Office chairs

    See how our experts test the swivel mechanism on office chairs

  • FIRA Standard - Remanufacturing

    FIRA Standard - Remanufacturing

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    FIRA Standard which specifies the requirements for the remanufacture of office and contract furniture including seating,...

  • Improved Performance for Businesses Implementing ISO 14001:2015

    Improved Performance for Businesses Implementing ISO 14001:2015

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    This article is a simple, beginners guide to performance measurement.

  • Furniture inspection and repair

    Furniture inspection and repair

    Use our experienced technicians to support your customer care programme and meet all your inspection and repair needs

  • Contact FIRA Service Technicians

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  • Our Technicians

    Our Technicians

    Trained in-house to the highest standard, our technicians are based throughout the UK

  • Hear what our customers have to say

    FIRA Service Technicians customer feedback

  • Service Technicians Information on Coronavirus

  • Commercial sector furniture repairs

    Commercial sector furniture repairs

    We work across all commercial sectors covering office, educational, hospital, retail and hospitality furniture

  • Consumer services

    Consumer services

    For furniture consumers who need a repair

  • Consumer frequently asked questions

    Consumer frequently asked questions

    How our furniture repair service works and questions you may have as a consumer

  • Furniture Care

    Furniture Care

  • Independent inspection service

    Independent inspection service

    For furniture consumers who need a repair

  • For retailers and manufacturers

    For retailers and manufacturers

    Our Service Technicians can meet all your furniture inspection and repair needs

  • Reporting suite

    Reporting suite

  • Warehouse services

    Warehouse services

  • Furniture Inspection and repair

    Furniture Inspection and repair

  • Office Furniture Inspection and repair

    Office Furniture Inspection and repair

    We can carry out repairs on all types of office furniture

  • Frequently asked questions

    Frequently asked questions

  • Furniture repair videos

    Furniture repair videos

    See our selection of videos showing how our experts carry out repairs

  • Upholstery repairs

    Upholstery repairs

    See how our experts restitch upholstery

  • Scratch repairs

    Scratch repairs

    Bringing a cabinet 'back-to-new'

  • Paint repairs

    Paint repairs

    Undertaking a paint repair to a wardrobe

  • Leather repairs

    Leather repairs

    How our experts repair leather upholstery

  • Upholstery repairs

    Upholstery repairs

    See how our experts restitch upholstery

  • Gold Certification

    Gold Certification

    Our Gold Product and Installation Certification will help you stand out from the competition

  • Consumer benefits of FIRA Gold

    The benefits of purchasing products with FIRA International Gold Certification

  • FIRA International Gold certification holders

    FIRA International Gold certification holders

    Furniture Product Certification, Furniture Installation Certification, FIRA Gold

  • 03192020

  • Furniture Design Toolkit for Domestic Furniture

    Furniture Design Toolkit for Domestic Furniture

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    Guide to assist designers and manufacturers of bedroom, living room, dining room and home office furniture

  • Furniture Design Toolkit - Office and Contract Furniture

    Furniture Design Toolkit - Office and Contract Furniture

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    Guide to assist designers and manufacturers of office and contract furniture

  • Kitchen Layout Design Guide

    Kitchen Layout Design Guide

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    Guide to assist designers and manufacturers across the kitchen sector

  • Implications of providing office/contract chairs for employees who are working at home

    Implications of providing office/contract chairs for employees who are working at home

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    Clarification from the OPSS (Office for Product Safety Standards) via the Hertfordshire Trading Standards Office (TS), t...

  • Ergonomic home working – Guides for Employers and Employees

    Ergonomic home working – Guides for Employers and Employees

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    Setting up an ergonomic workspace in the home is more important than ever.

  • A review into the validity of interface pressure mapping to assess perceived comfort: Guidelines for best practice

    A review into the validity of interface pressure mapping to assess perceived comfort: Guidelines for...

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    Can pressure mapping be used as a tool to assess comfort?

  • Flammability

    Flammability

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  • Furniture Retail Quality Group best practice guide - flammability testing

    Furniture Retail Quality Group best practice guide - flammability testing

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    Advice for upholstery component manufacturers and suppliers to help identify the requirements for different upholstery c...

  • A guide for manufacturers seeking to claim compliance with BS 7176

    A guide for manufacturers seeking to claim compliance with BS 7176

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    Specification for resistance to ignition of upholstered furniture for non-domestic seating

  • Cable Management Systems– Understanding BS 6396

    Cable Management Systems– Understanding BS 6396

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    Guide to help you understand the requirements for electrical systems in office and educational furniture

  • Electrical accessories incorporated into furniture - a guide to the UK Regulations

    Electrical accessories incorporated into furniture - a guide to the UK Regulations

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    For designers and manufacturers of furniture with electrical features, covering applicable EU Directives and CE marking ...

  • Electrically actuated furniture for the domestic market - a guide to the UK Regulations

    Electrically actuated furniture for the domestic market - a guide to the UK Regulations

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    Guide to the Application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Edition 2.1 in relation to domestic furniture

  • Electrically powered office furniture -  a guide to the UK Regulations

    Electrically powered office furniture - a guide to the UK Regulations

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    The 62 page guide identifies the relationship with powered office furniture products such as sit / stand desking and oth...

  • The General Product Safety Directive, furniture industry guide to legislation

    The General Product Safety Directive, furniture industry guide to legislation

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    43 page guide to support the furniture industry in understanding the GPSD

  • CE Marking Toolkit

    CE Marking Toolkit

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    To support members in meeting the strict requirements of CE Marketing Directives