CAN/CGSB 44.227

Free-standing office desk/table, storage products and components

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 finishGloss


Finish Hardness


Abrasion Resistance


Color Stability


Paint Adhesion


Impact Resistance
Par 5.1Par 5.2Par 5.3Par 5.4Par 5.5Par 5.6
Horizontal Work Surfaces
High pressure laminate45NA0.02g  at 500 cycles, 1000 loadGrey Scale 4NANo cracking at 762 mm (30 in)
Low pressure laminate45NA0.04g  at 500 cycles, 1000g loadGrey Scale 4NANo cracking at 254 mm (10 in)
Wood veneer45NANANANANA
Painted wood452H0.04g  at 500 cycles, 1000 g loadGrey Scale 4NANo cracking at 254 mm (10 in)
Other finishes245NANAGrey Scale 4NANo cracking at 254 mm (10 in)
Other Surfaces (excluding fabrics and trim finishes)
Laminates45NA0.04g  at 500 cycles, 1000 g loadGrey Scale 4NANA
Wood veneer45NANANANANA
Painted wood45H0.04g  at 500 cycles, 1000 g loadGrey Scale 4NANA
Painted (non-wood)45H0.04g  at 500 cycles, 1000 g loadGrey Scale 44BNA

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

Test parameterTest methodQty & Sample size (in.)
Gloss (5.1)ASTM D-5231 sample  3″ X 6″
Finish  Hardness (5.2)ASTM D-33631 sample  3″ X 6″
Abrasion resistance (5.3)ASTM D-40603  samples (1/4″ X 4″ X 4″)
Color stability (5.4)ANSI/NEMA LD-31 sample  3″ X 6″
Paint Adhesion (5.5)ASTM D-33591 sample  3″ X 6″
Impact resistance  (5.6)ANSI/NEMA LD-31 sample  12″ X 12″
Conditioning and testing Temperature23 +/- 2 oC
Conditioning and testing relative humidity50 +/- 5%

Other Related Test Methods

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