School Outfitters Partners with BIFMA to Set Educational Seating Standards

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After a year and a half of development, the revised educational seating standard was approved.

We’re proud to have been able to lend our expertise in educational furniture manufacturing to ensure safety and quality standards are rigorous across the industry.

School Outfitters has partnered with the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) to help set revised safety and performance standard for educational seating.

BIFMA, a trade association, sponsors the development and refinement of safety and performance standards for business and institutional furniture. In 2017, BIFMA approached School Outfitters, an industry-leading retailer and manufacturer of school furniture, to lend their knowledge and expertise in shaping the new standard. After a year and a half of development, the revised educational seating standard was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on April 10, 2018.

“We’re proud to have been able to lend our expertise in educational furniture manufacturing to ensure safety and quality standards are rigorous across the industry,” said Chris Lawson, School Outfitters Senior Industrial Designer. “We shared our input on what tests would best ensure that the products hitting the market are durable and safe enough to stand up to the demands of heavy classroom use.”

The ANSI/BIFMA X6.1-2018 revised safety and performance standard details the specific tests, laboratory equipment and conditions of test to be used. The standard also defines the minimum passable levels used to evaluate the safety, durability and structural adequacy of educational seating.

Copies of the new standard are available through BIFMA. All standards may be ordered online at https://www.techstreet.com/bifma/pages/home.

“We believe that by designing and manufacturing furniture that stands up to the most rigorous testing standards, we’re providing schools with safest, most durable product possible,” Lawson said.

About School Outfitters
School Outfitters is an industry-leading online retailer and manufacturer of school furniture and equipment. Since 1998, School Outfitters has connected schools with the furniture and equipment they need to create 21st-century learning environments in which students and educators thrive. School Outfitters provides expert support, advanced resources, turnkey solutions, quick, affordable shipping and the best brands at the best prices. For more information visit https://www.schooloutfitters.com/.

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