Cal 133 Test repealed as of January 2017. We received an update from the BIFMA Flammability Subcommittee. In a meeting that was held on November 15th, the BEARHFTI Advisory Council has decided to start the repealing of Cal 133 test. The Cal 133 is a full scale open flame test that exposes a chair seat to an inverted gas burner for 80 seconds.
The statement from BEARHFTI reads as follows:
“After review of national fire statistics and supplemental reports reviewing those statistics, the Bureau has concluded that the current standard places an unnecessary performance standard on upholstered furniture.”
The repealing process should start in January 2017. It will take some time to get the test completely off the radar but eventually it will get there. In North America, CAL 133 test and Cal 117 test are the two prevalent office chairs flammability tests. The mechanical and safety aspects are covered mainly by BIFMA X5.1 test and BIFMA X5.4 test. Over the last few years BIFMA has also expanded its chair standards library with BIFMA X5.11 (heavy users) and it also has BIFMA HCF8.2 for healthcare seating.
Micom will keep offering Cal 133 test services until further notice
Micom is a third party industrial material testing laboratory accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, CGSB, ISTA and many other organizations.
If you require more information about the Cal 133 test repeal situation or if you would like to receive more information about our furniture testing services, we invite you to contact our material testing laboratory today. It will be our pleasure to talk to your about material testing and review your custom furniture testing requirements.
My career has been focused on simulating real life in the lab under controlled yet accelerated conditions. My passion for lab testing lead me to start Micom Laboratories Inc. 16 years ago. Through time I made sure Micom has the necessary equipment to simulate various environmental parameters such as the sun, vibrations, heat, cold, thermal shocks and humidity. I wanted to be able to move things back and forth, apply stresses to the products and materials we test and see how they react to the various stimuli. To do so we test products and materials against known standards and specifications (certification) and in many cases by creating my own test protocols and specifications (this is the cherry on top of the sundae…). This is what led me to participate in many standards writing committees and to become chairman of some of these committees.