Updated Public and Lounge Seating Standard Released by BIFMA

BIFMA releases an updated version of its standard for public and lounge seating – ANSI/BIFMA X5.4 — that increases the basis weight and widens its scope.
( | Press Release | 2020-06-25 16:47:05 )
revised version of its standard for public and lounge seating that increases the basis weight and widens its scope.

The 2020 iteration of its standard – BIFMA X5.4 – is approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and it supersedes the previous 2012 version. The new standard contains several important revisions, including:

• Inclusion of recliners, patient seating, stools, and restaurant/dining/cafeteria seating
• Basis weight increased from 253 lbs. to 275 lbs.
• Decrease in static, proof load times duration for:
o Backrest strength test – from one minute to ten seconds for both horizontal and vertical
o Arm strength test – from one minute to ten seconds for both horizontal and vertical
• Increase in weight and height of drop for seating durability tests – multi-seats tested at a minimum of two positions – from 225 lbs. to 240 lbs.

ANSI/BIFMA X5.4 — 2020 Public and Lounge Seating – provisions include:
• Specific tests
• Laboratory equipment
• Test conditions
• Recommended minimum levels for testing
• Evaluation criteria for performance, durability, and structural adequacy

Public and lounge seating is normally defined as that which is used in indoor common/shared spaces such as waiting rooms, reception, visitor seating in patient rooms, restaurant/dining/cafeteria (those not covered by UL 2040) settings, and other gathering areas. It includes:

• Single units
• Units with multiple seating positions within one unit
• Ganged seating units
• Arena folding chairs
• Standard folding chairs.

These chairs/seats are normally not adjustable for personal use.

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