Area Office sources high quality products from a range of business furniture manufacturers as part of the RMD Commercial Group. To ensure our products maintain high international standards we maintain a commitment to purchase accredited products wherever possible.
The below recognised certification testing applies to products in the Area Office range where labelled on each product page with the appropriate certification logo. Each certification body below explains in more detail the standards a product must adhere to in order to achieve certification.
The Australian Furnishing Research and Development Institute (AFRDI) is an independent technical organisation that provides standards, testing product certification and research for buyers and furniture sellers.
The AFRDI standards test for strength, stability, safety, flammability, durability and ergonomic assessment.
Most certified office swivel chairs in Australia and New Zealand are tested to the requirements of AS/NZS 4438:1997 – Height Adjustable Swivel Chairs. This standard deems the chairs suitable for users up to approximately 110kg. Each of our chairs will have an individual weight rating on the relevant product specification sheet. Chairs accredited with an AFRDI Level 6 logo will suit most commercial needs. AFRDI Level 6 certified chairs can withstand heavy-duty use.
The GREENGUARD program certifies that products designed for indoor use meet strict chemical emissions limits, ensuring the creation of healthier office interiors.
GREENGUARD Gold Certification
GREENGUARD Certification on a product ensures the manufacturing process has attained specific sustainable practices, using scientific data from unbiased, third-party organisations. Testing of all products meeting the GREENGUARD Certification takes place in dynamic, environmental chambers.
Various test methods take place, including chemical and particle emission interval measurements, microbial resistance testing and measured emission levels by air concentration.
The Association for Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers (BIFMA) is an American-based organisation that has been running since 1973 to provide standards for commercial furniture.
BIFMA is accredited by, and its standards conform to, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requirements. The BIFMA Engineering Committee develops the standards and continually drafts and revises new protocols for manufacturers. The BIFMA standards provide manufacturers and users with a basis for evaluating specified furniture's safety, durability, stability and structural quality.