Fortune500 purchasing directors look for the ANSI/BIFMA rating when
they buy a quality chair... shouldn't you?
ANSI: American National Standards Institute BIFMA: The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association
Both firms have joined together to set quality standards assuring durability
and safety of office furniture.
Provides manufacturers and customers with a common way to evaluate safety,
durability and structural adequacy (independent of construction materials)
Standards define the specific tests, laboratory equipment to be used, the
conditions of test, and the minimum acceptance levels to be used in evaluating
Tests for SEATING include scope, definitions, general sections and tests for:
Back Pull, Unit Base, Swivel Cycling, Tilt Mechanism, Seating Impact, Front and Rear
Stability, Arm Strength, Back Durability, Caster/Chair Base Durability, Footring
Durability and Tablet Arm Tests
Standards are reviewed every five years according to guidelines established by
the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)