The BFM has continued to work, on behalf of members, with the BSI as a member of the BSI Standards Committees for furniture, and this includes the following....

BFM working through Covid-19 with BSI

The BFM has continued to work, on behalf of members, with the BSI as a member of the BSI Standards Committees for furniture, including the following:

FW/0 - Standards development and maintenance for furniture
FW/0/1 - Common test methods for furniture
FW/0/2 - Domestic and contract furniture
FW/0/3 - Office furniture
FW/0/4 - Educational furniture
FW/0/6 - Flammability

BSI committee members are elected representatives from a broad range of furniture associations and industry experts (e.g. the BFM, NBF, BCFA, FIRA. BRC, SATRA and INTERTEC) and committee membership is at the total discretion of BSI.

Under the direction of the BSI Standards Policy and Strategy Committee the work of these committees has been ongoing through Covid-19 via virtual meetings and ‘eCommittee Notifications’ since the lockdown in March this year.

During this period the FW00 committee (Steering Committee for BSI furniture related standards) has continued to make progress against its current agenda of standards development in the following areas of activity:

  • Storage Units – test methods for the determination of strength, durability and stability.
  • Hardware – test and evaluation methods for the corrosion resistance of furniture fittings (new work item proposal).
  • Common test equipment – test foams and mattresses.
  • Hardware – test methods for the determination of strength and stiffness of cabinet connectors for carcases/furniture.
  • Safety requirements and test methods – domestic and kitchen storage units and kitchen worktops.
  • Hardware – strength and durability of furniture hinges and their components.
  • Furniture – tests for surface finishes and resistance to abrasion.

Of significant importance for the industry is the listing by BSI of a Standards development programme in 2021(FW/06 – Flammability Committee) in conjunction with BEIS/OPSS) to underpin the ‘Essential Safety Requirements’ of the new FFFR’s.