American National Standard For Office Furnishings-Small Office/Home Office
Tests include: Scope, Definitions, General Sections and Tests for: Top Loading, Load Ease, Lock Mechanism, Extendible Elements, Cycle Tests, Out Stop, Rebound, Leg Strength, Stability, Drop Tests and more.
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This standard is intended to provide a common basis of mechanical tests for evaluating the safety, durability, and structural adequacy of storage and desk-type furniture intended for use in the small office and/or home office. The styling, marketing and chain of distribution for these products are intended to address usage in a residential, home office or small office environment. These products may be completely assembled, partly assembled or totally unassembled (often known as RTA or “ready to assemble”), when they leave the control of the manufacturer. These partly assembled and RTA products are designed to be assembled by the end user. Where a product is intended for use outside of the small office and home office environments, it is the responsibility of the user of this standard to determine if it is suitable for use in such evaluations.
This standard defines tests used to determine acceptability of the product for the intended and reasonably foreseeable uses of the product. It specifies acceptance levels to help assure reasonable safety and performance independent of construction materials, manufacturing processes, mechanical designs, or aesthetic designs. The acceptance levels prescribed in these tests are based on the actual field and test experience of the BIFMA International association members. These tests are not intended to assess a product that has been in use in the field.
Reasonable safety of the product shall be considered the manufacturer's responsibility only to the extent that the product is assembled and used in accordance with the original manufacturer's instructions. The assembler must follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the product performs as designed.
ISO 17025 requirements for reporting uncertainty do not apply when determining conformance to this standard.