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In November 2018, the European voluntary standard for office seating – EN 1335-2: 2018 – was updated. Since office furniture falls under the European General Product Safety Directive (GPSD), which requires products to be confirmed compliant with the most up-to-date version of the standard, this revision may affect compliance in some businesses.

EN 1335-2: 2018 – Office furniture - Office work chair - Part 2: Safety requirements specifically covers the mechanical safety requirements for office work chairs. The requirements are based upon use during an eight-hour day by a person weighing up to 110 kg.

The updated standard supersedes both EN 1335-2:2009 and EN 1335-3:2009. It introduces the current versions of test method standards EN 1728:2012 and EN 1022:2018, which has replaced EN 1335-3:2009.

The keys changes in the new standard relate to stability. The primary modifications between EN 1022 and the previous EN 1335-3 are:

  • EN 1335-3 required the forward stability test to be performed at those points most likely to result in overturning. EN 1022:2018 requires the vertical force to be applied to the centerline of the seat
  • EN 1335-3’s front edge stability test has been replaced by a simpler corner stability test
  • Sideways overturning for a seat without armrest testing required a vertical force to be applied at those points most likely to result overturning, under EN 1335-3. EN 1022:2018 requires the vertical force to be applied on the transverse plane of the seat, which means the plan that pass by point A
  • Regarding the sideways overturning for other seating, EN 1022:2018 considers more configurations and is more precise regarding the test method
  • Attention should be drawn to the wording regarding testing reclining positions, the disc test under the wording for tilting seats is still applicable for seats with adjustable positions
  • For the rearward overturning for seats without backrest inclination and for seats with an adjustable backrest that can be locked on, previously the horizontal force was 192N, now a formula is applicable depending of the height of the loaded seat above the floor

The main modifications concerning strength and durability are:

  • Shear and squeeze point requirements are aligned on other standard requirements
  • Rolling resistance testing must be carried out after stability and strength durability testing
  • Strength parameters, such as force and cycle remain the same
  • The different between test method in EN 1728:2012 and EN 1335-3:2009 shall remain the same

Member States have until May 2019 to officially publish this standard.

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