January 28, 2021
On Jan. 7, 2021, BIFMA X6.4-2018 Occasional-Use Seating standard has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to become ANSI/BIFMA X6.4-2021, Occasional-Use Seating standard.
The scope of the ANSI/BIFMA X6.4-2021 standard includes:
- Occasional-use seating normally used in indoor common/shared spaces such as waiting, reception, visitor seating inpatient rooms, restaurant/dining/cafeteria settings and other gathering areas
- Occasional-use seating may also be used in the home environment.
Standard requirements for home working environment are particularly relevant due to the COVID-19 pandemic as more and more people are required to work from home.
The updated standard defines the specific tests, laboratory equipment, conditions of the test, and recommended minimum levels to be used in the testing and evaluation of the safety, durability, and structural adequacy of occasional-use seating products.
To learn more, the ANSI/BIFMA X6.4-2021, Occasional-Use Seating standard is available at the BIFMA online store: https://www.bifma.org/page/standardsoverview.
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