What is the purpose of industry standards for office furniture whether you assemble it yourself or hire an office furniture installer in Wiltshire? The standards your furniture will meet are dependent on both the type of furniture and where it will be used.
- The fire resistance of furniture slows the speed at which fire can spread through an office. It also reduces the risk of a cigarette butt or hot mobile device causing inhabited furniture to catch fire. For example, ASTM standard E1352 – 08a measures the resistance of upholstered furniture from catching fire when exposed to a cigarette. However, the furniture must be assembled with appropriate glues and adhesives to meet this standard. E1537 is the method of fire testing upholstered furniture.
- Furniture used in correctional settings must be assembled in a method that allows it to withstand heavy use and not be turned into a weapon. ASTM F1550 – 10 tests the fire resistance of furniture when exposed to vandalism. Furniture in correctional facilities, whether for serious offenders or holding areas for troublemakers in schools, may need to meet ASTM 627-03 standards for resisting separation and disassembly.
- Furniture in schools and childcare settings must be built such that it tolerates the abuse of young children without posing a danger to them. Child play areas will need to meet Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) standards. ASTM F1487-11 provides guidelines on the minimum specifications for playground equipment.
- Furniture in hospitals must withstand cleaning and sterilizations without creating pockets of germs that can later infect patients. ISO 11137 provides guidance on how hospital surfaces, including furniture, must be sterilized.
- In all heavily used spaces, the furniture’s design and installation affects the ability to keep the area clean. Furniture that is properly built will improve the cleanliness of a work space. ASTM F420 – 04 measures the access depth under furniture for a conventional vacuum cleaner.
We’ve outlined a number of industry standards and regulations for furniture used in a variety of settings. But how do you meet industrial standards for your furniture?
- Where possible, purchase furniture designed for your application and user base.
- Ensure that furniture is used as designed.
- Assemble furniture correctly to ensure that it meets industry specifications. It would be better to let the professionals do the work and reduce the risk of assembling the furniture incorrectly. Hire an office furniture installer in Wiltshire to assemble the furniture according to specifications and ensure that you meet all legally required standards for your facility and its furnishings.