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Furniture

What is Furniture?

Furniture means movable article which is usually placed in a house or an office to make it suitable or comfortable for living or working and support various human activities, such as sitting, sleeping and storing things. In this topic, electrical furniture such as electric light, television and fan is not included. (If you want to know about the risk of electrical articles, please refer to ‘Types of Product Risk – Electrical Appliances’.)

There are four main types of furniture, namely seats, tables, beds and storage furniture.

Furniture type

Examples

Seats

Chair, Stool, Sofa

Tables

Table, Gateleg table, Coffee-table, Dining-table, Desk

Beds

Cot, Bunk-bed, Cradle

Storage furniture

Wardrobe, Chest of drawers, Dresser, Cupboard, Bookcase

Furniture can be made of many materials, including plastics, metals and woods. It is common to use furniture in offices and households. Since people use furniture daily, its safety is important. Therefore, the potential risks of furniture are discussed. Also, the related news and standards are introduced together in order to enhance public awareness of these risks.

Chair

Table

Bed

Chest

 

Types of Product Risk - Furniture

1)

Mechanical and Physical Risk

It may be due to imperfect design, bad manufacturing quality and incorrect selection of materials.

Example: Hydraulic Bed

2)

Flammability

The flammability of furniture is usually high. It is because the raw materials of the furniture are plastics and woods generally. The melting point of plastics is relatively low and woods burn easily.

Example: Mattress

3)

Explosion

It may be due to the quality of the product.

Example: Office Chair

4)

Chemical Risk

It may cause skin allergy due to the added chemical reagent to the product.

Example: Couch

 

Related Standard

  1. EN597-1: Furniture—Assessment of the ignitability of mattresses and upholstered bed bases— Part 1: Ignition source: smouldering cigarette

    Internal link : Risk management > Safety Standards > EN597-1

  2. EN597-2: Furniture—Assessment of the ignitability of mattresses and upholstered bed bases— Part 1: Ignition source: smouldering cigarette

    Internal link : Risk management > Safety Standards > EN597-2

  3. ISO 21015: Office furniture — Office work chairs — Test methods for the determination of stability, strength and durability

    Internal link : Risk management > Safety Standards > ISO 21015

 

Last updated on 7 APR 2010