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ANSI/BIFMA X7.1 - 2011(R2016) FES Standard

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This standard defines the acceptance criteria for VOC emissions from furniture used in offices to be classified as low-emitting product and should be used in conjunction with the ANSI/BIFMA M7.1 Standard Test Method for Determining VOC Emissions from Office Furniture Systems, Components and Seating.

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This standard is intended to provide performance requirements for the emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including Formaldehyde and Aldehydes, from Office Furniture  and Seating.  This standard specifies acceptance levels that define low-emitting furniture independent of construction materials, manufacturing processes, mechanical designs, or aesthetic designs.  This standard is intended to apply to a newly manufactured product and does not apply to products that have been in use.

The acceptance criteria set forth in this Standard were not independently developed or validated by BIFMA, but are the most prevalent criteria in the industry.  

This standard does not purport to address all of the safety, health, comfort (e.g. odor), and performance concerns, if any, associated with the use of this standard.  It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health and other performance conditions and to determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use of this standard.

1.1  Compliance of Workstations, Seating, and Individual Components/Furniture Items

This standard is used to determine compliance of individual workstations, seating, workstation components, or individual furniture items when tested in accordance with the ANSI/BIFMA M7.1-2011(R2016) Standard Test Method For Determining VOC Emissions From Office Furniture Systems, Components and Seating.  Tested products shall be evaluated according to the criteria given in Section 4.  The tested product shall be considered as meeting this standard if the product meets the criteria given in 4.2.1 or 4.2.2.  The criteria used for determination of compliance (open plan environment, private office environment, or seating) shall be stated in any compliance claims.