As we have covered in our overview of ANSI/BIFMA, ANSI and BIFMA are 2 organizations that have made it their mission to protect consumers and the workforce by promoting safe, healthy, and functional workplace environments. 

BIFMA, or the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association, specifically creates and tests rigorous standards of quality for office furniture. Meanwhile, ANSI, or the American National Standards Institute, aims to protect and increase the welfare of Americans and American businesses. An ANSI/BIFMA-approved piece of furniture has been tested and meets all the rigorous standards determined by both organizations.

Testing of an Office Desk

Office desks are just one of the many types of office furniture that can be tested for ANSI/BIFMA standards. The testing varies from desk to desk, depending on its features, but all have to meet the requirements set for basic office desks. The testing can take days, depending on how many must be completed. Each test focuses on one specific feature or part of the desk. An example is a horizontal surface static load test, which tests the strength of the desk by applying a predetermined amount of weight and force. 

Passing ANSI/BIFMA Tests

So how does a desk pass? A desk passes an ANSI/BIFMA test by not breaking or falling apart and proving it can withstand extreme pressure. This ensures high quality and superior construction, thereby securing the safety of any consumer using the desk. ANSI/BIFMA’s stamp of approval protects consumers and makes sure the best products are offered. If a product fails, a report is sent to detail why. This helps manufacturers and furniture companies fix any problems and address safety concerns, ensuring that customers receive only the safest products.

The Voluntary Nature of ANSI/BIFMA Testing

Most organizations that set standards, like both ANSI and BIFMA, also regulate to make sure their standards are being met by everyone. However, ANSI/BIFMA standards and testing are voluntary, and there is no regulating body. Furniture companies and manufacturers can choose whether their products are sent to testing labs. This means that for every ANSI/BIFMA stamp of approval, the company consciously decided to provide only the best furniture for its customers.



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