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First Educational Seating Standard for Safety and Performance Released by ANSI/BIFMA

Friday, November 2, 2012  
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Grand Rapids, MI – The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the

newly developed safety and performance standard for educational seating: ANSI/BIFMA X6.1-

2012—the first of its kind.

The BIFMA Seating Subcommittee worked diligently to create this new ANSI/BIFMA X6.1

standard using several test methods from existing ANSI/BIFMA seating standards as a basis, yet

developed several unique tests relevant to the educational environment. These included tests for

educational products like convertible benches, chair-desks, and backpack hooks.

Copies of the new standard are available from BIFMA immediately and may be ordered online.

BIFMA is the not-for-profit trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers. Since 1973, BIFMA’s role has been to sponsor the development and refining of current and future standards, educate on their importance and application, and translate their necessary complexity into more easily understood and implemented formats. We also monitor the state of the industry, serve as a forum for member cooperation and collaboration, interact with international counterparts, and advocate for regulatory conditions that foster value and innovation.

CONTACT: Brad Miller,, 616-285-3963


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