BIFMA recently released a new revision of its loss of serviceability guidelines for interpretation on furniture testing. Most BIFMA test methods have an acceptance level for its functional loading and cyclic testing requiring “No Loss of Serviceability” to the unit. The loss of serviceability interpretation is known to be subjective to some extent. To help maintain test results consistency from lab to lab; BIFMA has been working on this guideline since 2012 and has released its first edition in 2014. This new 2016 guideline is more comprehensive and addresses topics such as product visual aspect and hazards resulting from testing. In addition, a detailed section clarifies how tested products should be loaded when subjected to loss of serviceability evaluation. Finally, it gives a list of examples of what might or might not be a loss of serviceability.
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