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Commercial Furniture | Height Adjustable Swivel Chairs

These standards cover strength, durability, stability, flammability and safety.

Ergonomic assessment is available for AS/NZS 4438 only.

The suppliers of the chairs have formally agreed to maintain quality and to submit their products to regular auditing.

 

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AS/NZS 4438 (levels 4, 5 and 6)

Most certified office swivel chairs in Australia and NZ are tested to the requirements of AS/NZS 4438:1997 - Height adjustable swivel chairs. This standard is regarded as appropriate for people up to about 110 kg.

An AFRDI Level 6 certified office chair will meet most commercial needs. Level 6 chairs should be able to withstand extremely severe conditions of use, such as police stations, military installations, control rooms and use in heavy industry.

AFRDI Level 5 certified office chairs are suitable for heavy duty office, industrial and similar application.

AFRDI Level 4 certified office chairs are suitable for office, general keyboard and executive use.

AFRDI 142 – Rated Load

This standard is designed to cater for chairs intended to be used by people heavier than 110 kg.

It is available in the following options:

Options Chairs for
135 SS People up to and including 135 kg for single 8 hr shift operations. (i.e. approx 40 hrs use per week)
135 MS People up to and including 135 kg for multiple shift operations (i.e. significantly greater than 40 hrs use per week)
160 SS People up to and including 160 kg for single 8 hr shift operations. (i.e. approx 40 hrs use per week)
160 MS People up to and including 160 kg for multiple shift operations (i.e. significantly greater than 40 hrs use per week)

The Rated Load standard (AFRDI 142) does not include dimensional/ergonomic criteria. All Rated Load options apply equal or greater loads and cycles than AFRDI level 6.

Publications

List of certified height adjustable swivel chairs (AS/NZS 4438 and AFRDI 142 Rated Load chairs)

Information kit on height adjustable swivel chair testing to AFRDI 142 (Rated Load)

List of certified specialist office seating (AS/NZS 4438 strength & durability only)

Information kit on height adjustable swivel chair testing to AS/NZS 4438

Furntech bulletin article “Rated loads and weight ratings: an explanation of AFRDI’s

Furntech bulletin article “Don’t be misled by big chair weight ratings”

AFRDI 142 Guide for Specifiers and Product Designers

The new AFRDI Rated Load Standard

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