CAN/CGSB 44.227

Micom Laboratories Inc. is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) for CAN/CGSB 44.227 testing.  This standard is for freestanding office desk products and components.  Our experts sit on the technical committee who writes and maintains this standard.

This standard is essentially composed of three major types of tests.  It calls up ANSI/BIFMA X5.5 and ANSI/BIFMA X5.9 for safety and durability testing.  It also specifies ergonomic dimensional criterion that your product line must comply to. Finally, CAN/CGSB 44.227 has some general requirements and it also has the following finish requirement:

Performance Requirements for Finishes1

Type of finish Gloss

Max.

Finish Hardness

Min.

Abrasion Resistance

Max.

Color Stability

Max.

Paint Adhesion

Min.

Impact Resistance
Par 5.1 Par 5.2 Par 5.3 Par 5.4 Par 5.5 Par 5.6
Horizontal Work Surfaces
High pressure laminate 45 NA 0.02g  at 500 cycles, 1000 load Grey Scale 4 NA No cracking at 762 mm (30 in)
Low pressure laminate 45 NA 0.04g  at 500 cycles, 1000g load Grey Scale 4 NA No cracking at 254 mm (10 in)
Wood veneer 45 NA NA NA NA NA
Painted wood 45 2H 0.04g  at 500 cycles, 1000 g load Grey Scale 4 NA No cracking at 254 mm (10 in)
Other finishes2 45 NA NA Grey Scale 4 NA No cracking at 254 mm (10 in)
Other Surfaces (excluding fabrics and trim finishes)
Laminates 45 NA 0.04g  at 500 cycles, 1000 g load Grey Scale 4 NA NA
Wood veneer 45 NA NA NA NA NA
Painted wood 45 H 0.04g  at 500 cycles, 1000 g load Grey Scale 4 NA NA
Painted (non-wood) 45 H 0.04g  at 500 cycles, 1000 g load Grey Scale 4 4B NA

Typical Experimental Parameters for Surface Finish Testing for CAN/CGSB 44.227:

Test parameter Test method Qty & Sample size (in.)
Gloss (5.1) ASTM D-523 1 sample  3″ X 6″
Finish  Hardness (5.2) ASTM D-3363 1 sample  3″ X 6″
Abrasion resistance (5.3) ASTM D-4060 3  samples (1/4″ X 4″ X 4″)
Color stability (5.4) ANSI/NEMA LD-3 1 sample  3″ X 6″
Paint Adhesion (5.5) ASTM D-3359 1 sample  3″ X 6″
Impact resistance  (5.6) ANSI/NEMA LD-3 1 sample  12″ X 12″
Conditioning and testing Temperature 23 +/- 2 oC
Conditioning and testing relative humidity 50 +/- 5%

Other Related Test Methods

For additional test methods related to this topic please see Office Furniture Testing, BIFMA Testing, Coating testing.