Grand Rapids, MI – The 2008 version of the ANSI/BIFMA Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) - Tests Standard has been reaffirmed and approved by ANSI.

Small Office/Home Office Products Standard Meets the Test‏The ANSI/SOHO S6.5 2008 (R2013) standard defines specific tests, laboratory equipment, conditions of test, and recommended minimum levels to be used in the test and evaluation of the performance, durability, and structural adequacy of storage and desk-type furniture intended for use in the small office and/or home office.

The BIFMA Engineering Committee and its subcommittee on SOHO Products completed the original work on the standard in 2000. The subcommittee conducts routine reviews of the standard to ensure that the tests accurately describe the proper means of evaluating the safety, durability, and structural adequacy of storage and desk-type furniture products intended for use in the small office and/or home office. The BIFMA Engineering Committee recommended the 2008 edition be reaffirmed with no substantive changes and it was approved by ANSI in September 2013.

•Sample Diagram from ANSI/SOHO StandardSmall Office/Home Office Products Standard Meets the Test‏

Suggestions for improvement to the standard are welcomed and should be submitted to BIFMA Technical Director David Panning at dpanning@bifma.org or 616-285-3963.

About BIFMA

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. BIFMA also monitors the state of the industry, serves as a forum for member cooperation and collaboration, interacts with international counterparts, and advocates for regulatory conditions that foster value and innovation.

Source: BIFMA

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