Testing to dimensional & ergonomic standards

Compliance of office, school and domestic furniture, equipment and work environments with Health & Safety and DSE (Display Screen Equipment) regulations.
 
We rigorously test all office, school and domestic furniture, equipment and work environments to existing standards and for compliance of office furniture with Health & Safety and DSE (Display Screen Equipment) regulations.

We can test to a wide range of standards depending on the type and intended use of your furniture products
Dimensional standards
  • BS EN 1335-1: 2000. Office chair dimensions. NOTE this standard is prerequisite to EN ISO 9241-5.
  • BS EN 527-1: 2011; Desk dimensions
  • 1729-1: 2006. School furniture. NOTE this standard is prerequisite for BS EN 1729-2: 2006. Therefore you cannot test to Part 2 before you test to Part 1.
  • EN 16139: 2013. Visitors chairs dimensions.
  • BS EN 1023-1: 1997. Dimensions of office screens. 
Ergonomic standards
  • BS EN ISO 9241-5:1999. Ergonomics of chairs, desks workstations. This tests chairs, desks and workstations, monitor arms, laptop and tablet holders and many other items.
  • BIFMA G1
Additional dimensional & ergonomic standards
  • BE EN ISO 11064-4: 2013. Layout and dimensions of control room work stations.
  • NPR 1813 for office chairs
We also evaluate products for the FIRA Ergonomics Excellence award. This award recognises companies who design and manufacture ergonomically outstanding products, especially those that meet and generally exceed the requirements of British and European standards. 

Ergonomically excellent products are likely to improve efficiency and productivity by helping to eliminate or minimise the ill effects of twenty first century offices and work practices. They can also reduce the incidence of musculo-skeletal disorders (MSD’s) and the resultant work absences.

Where no standards exist, we develop appropriate new ones. Currently the department are working on the development of a standard for bariatric furniture.