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Committees

Many of our members are involved in helping the office furniture industry grow and improve by contributing their time and expertise to our committees and task groups. We are always looking for member participation in our groups working on Advocacy, Standards, Sustainability, and Statistical Information. For information on BIFMA's volunteer committee structure click here.

Advocacy
Advocacy is coordinated through the BIFMA Government Affairs Committee that monitors legislation and regulations affecting the industry to keep association members informed and recommend steps for action.

Government Affairs Committee
Staff: Brad Miller
Chair: Scott Lesnet, HNI Corporation
Vice-Chair: Robert Hupe, Virco Mfg. Corporation

Government Procurement Subcommittee
Chair: open
Vice-Chair: open

Legislative/Regulatory Issue Interest Areas 
     Chemical Regulation
          Flame Retardants
          Formaldehyde
          Proposition 65 (California)
     Consumer Protection
          CPSC
          OSHA
     Taxation
          Mobile Workforce / Business Activity Tax Simplification
     Wood Issues Group
          Lacey Act
          Wood Fiber

Statistical Information
Statistical Information Committee is responsible for the BIFMA Statistical Program. This includes the collection and distribution of market and financial statistics regarding new orders, shipments, receivables, inventory turnover, and other industry statistics. The Statistical Information Committee also conducts or sponsors market research projects and surveys into subjects of interest to the membership.

Statistical Information Committee
Staff: Melissa Hubbel
Chair: Open

Financial Subcommittee
Forecast Subcommittee
Market Data Subcommittee

Standards
The Engineering Standards Committee monitors technical concerns and gives each manufacturer the opportunity to keep abreast of the demands of the market for the safety and performance of products. The committee establishes product safety and performance standards for the protection of the public.

Engineering Standards Committee
Staff: David Panning
Chair: Randy Ruster, Herman Miller
Vice-Chair: Melissa DuBuis, Steelcase

Building Codes Subcommittee
Chair Standards Subcommittee:
  • ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 Office Seating
  • ANSI/BIFMA X5.11 Large Occupant Seating
  • ANSI/BIFMA X5.4 Lounge and Public Seating
  • ANSI/BIFMA X6.1 Educational Seating
Desk/Table Standards Subcommittee:
  • ANSI/BIFMA X5.5 Desk Products
Ergonomics Standards Committee:
  • BIFMA G1 Ergonomics Guideline for Furniture
File/Storage Standards Subcommittee:
  • ANSI/BIFMA X5.9 Storage
  • ANSI/BIFMA X5.3 Vertical Files
Flammability Standards Subcommittee
Furniture Emissions Standards Subcommittee:
  • ANSI/BIFMA M7.1 Standard Test Method for Determing VOC Emissions
  • ANSI/BIFMA X7.1 Standard for Formaldehyde and TVOC Emissions
Healthcare Furniture Subcommittee
International Standards Subcommittee
Panel Standards Subcommittee:
  • ANSI/BIFMA X5.6 Panel Systems
RTA/SOHO Standards Subcommittee:
  • ANSI/SOHO S6.5 Small Office/Home Office
Sustainability

The BIFMA Sustainability Committee studies work environments and business practices based on sound economics, environmental protection, and social responsibility. The committee's initiatives foster partnerships between manufacturers, suppliers, end users, and the science community; provides association members with education on sustainability design; and develops meaningful tools for quantifying and communicating industry progress to interested parties.

Sustainability Committee
Staff: Brad Miller
Chair: Larry Dykhuis, Herman Miller
Vice-Chair: Dave Rinard, Steelcase

e3/level® Subcommittee
Chair: David Jonas, Steelcase
Vice-Chair: Mendy Claridge, National Office Furniture

Life Cycle Assessment Subcommittee
Chair: Alex Mlsna, Kimball International
Vice-Chair: Thaddeus Owen, Herman Miller

Chemicals Subcommittee
Chair: Denise Van Valkenburg, Herman Miller
Vice-Chair: Jon Smieja, Steelcase

 

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