Request for Supply Arrangement testing and design requirements
Per our previous post, PWGSC has published its RFSA for workstations furniture last February. Since then they have published 9 amendments that include the numerous questions asked by the bidders and also the numerous changes PWGSC made to its RFSA document. Being a furniture testing lab we did not focus on the procurement aspects of the RFSA document. However, we reviewed on your behalf the technical aspects of this RFSA document to see how it fares with the BIFMA testing and CGSB testing requirements. We were surprised to see that many requirements are much more specific than what you fill find in the national standards and that in some cases they are different from what the standards are calling for. As an example, BIFMA X5.5’s default value for monitor arms loading capacity is 20 Kg; PWGSC’s requirement is 9,07 Kg. I would agree that a 20 Kg monitor makes for a very big monitor but if the furniture industry has aligned itself with a different requirement; why dilute your own requirement? Many of the RFSA’s dimensional requirements are either different or much more specific than the National standards CAN/CGSB 44.227 and CAN/CGSB 44.229.
For a section-by-section comparison between the RFSA requirements and the National Standards please follow this link:
Worst case scenario testing vs RFSA:
For those of you that need some testing done; please bear in mind that you don’t have to test your furniture at the specific sizes called out in the RFSA documents and that you should focus on testing your worst case scenarios. This will save you time and money; once your worst case scenarios comply you don’t have to concern yourselves with specific sizes and keep re-testing. This may sound trivial but I can’t tell you how many times I had to repeat this over the last months. Actually when it comes down to furniture testing this should be a mantra; “Thou shalt only test worst case scenario configurations”.
The RFSA closing date was postponed to May 28th as a result of the many questions raised and the many changes brought to the RFSA. I believe there will be at least one more extension given the last amendment’s date vs the closing date
Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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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.