What Is AFRDI?

What Is AFRDI?

"Service fast and good communication. Installer worked hard, didn’t get stressed out and worked in with us for minimal impact so I’m happy" - June 2019
"So far so good with the new desks. A huge thanks to the installation team. They worked very hard to get it all done in a day" - June 2019
"Your delivery & assembly guys were great, very polite and efficient - in and out so quickly. We are very happy with our purchases and will be making more in the near future" - June 2019
"We had 2 deliveries this week and we are exceptionally happy with both service and furniture" - June 2019
"I thought I would send an email to the company to compliment you. The service you provided was great and you were able to accommodate our needs in such a short amount of time" - June 2019
"Always top notch service from your sales guys. The installation was great also. Will continue to use you guys" - June 2019
"You have been so obliging and helpful and I find your customer service wonderful. I will be recommending your company to many schools - June 2019"
"Thank you so very much for your outstanding service and products. The shelving units are excellent so sturdy and such a reasonable price! - June 2019"
"The chairs are great and the service was also great all the way through. Thank you! - June 2019"
"Thanks, It is a beautiful desk. I am very pleased. The installers did a really good job, couldn’t be happier. Thanks again, will keep your company in mind for future purchases" - May 2019
"Our cabinets arrived yesterday. The delivery driver was very polite and helpful and brought them into our office for us. They are all working perfectly….. I’m tempted to get some more!" - May 2019
"We were very happy with the delivery and set up of our new office desks. They were prompt, polite and professional" - May 2019
"Once again your service and support was fantastic!" - May 2019
"We are super satisfied with how professionally this has been handled. From all the lovely staff in the office, to the delivery people who came and put the chairs together" - May 2019
"You all did such a good job, and I am so grateful. Honestly, it's not often these days that such good, positive and friendly service occurs. My furniture is also lovely!" - May 2019
"You were all fantastic, friendly, and so helpful. The man who delivered and assembled my furniture was professional and a wiz at putting it all together" - May 2019
"The desks arrived promptly and the two men assembled them very quickly. They were courteous and helpful. A very happy customer!" - May 2019
"I was thoroughly impressed with both the service and the standard of the equipment received" - May 2019
"I was very happy with the service I received on both occasions. We love the chairs, they're so comfortable! I will be needing more in a few months so will be back in touch then" - May 2019
"Very efficient service and the men who dropped the off the desks were timely, friendly and respectful by calling ahead to see if we were open for delivery" - May 2019
"Service, products and pricing were great. The gentlemen that delivered did a great job setting up the furniture and removing the rubbish, and were very efficient and friendly! Thanks! Until next time..." - May 2019
"The chairs are fantastic and delivery very smooth. Thank you!" - May 2019
"The outcome was great and the guys did a great job! Thank you so much for the awesome service!" - May 2019
"All went well thank you. Cannot wait to unpack and put the office together. Thank you for all your help and very speedy service" - May 2019
"THANK YOU very much. Will not order from any other company if I can get it from you guys" - May 2019
"Again, what a great experience. From the ordering to the finished assembled product. Everything perfect. Very polite and efficient delivery person and was very quick" - May 2019

AFRDI Approved Chair – So What?

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AFRDI Approved office chairs are tested to the Australian New Zealand standard. This is based on European standards and in some ways is even tougher – chairs that comply with AS/NZS 4438 are ergonomically sound, tough, durable and safe

 

 

Ergonomically Sound

Ninety percent of the population – everyone other than the shortest 5 percent and the tallest 5 percent – should be able to adjust an AFRDI Approved chair to provide a comfortable work seat. The standard sets out a range of adjustments required for seat height, seat tilt, lumbar support and arm heights.

Tough

Chairs are measured using a special ‘dummy buttocks’ that takes into account the compression of seat foams and gas springs.

The effects of ‘normal abuse’ are reflected in the standard with a range of forces being applied ten times for 10 seconds each –

• Someone standing on the chair (160kg for Level 4 and 200kg for Level 6)

• Someone sitting on the arm (90kg for Level 4 and 120kg for Level 6, and there is a test for pulling the arms outwards as well)

To simulate rough treatment, the chair is dropped 10 times onto one leg (from a height of 300mm for Level 4 or 450mm for Level 6). In other tests a special 25kg weight is dropped five times onto the seat (from 240mm for Level 4 and 350mm for Level 6), and a 6.5kg hammer is swung through an arc of 1m onto the sides of the arms and the back of the chair.

Durable

Machines are used to simulate someone sitting on the chair, performing about 25,000 ‘sits’ per day, non-stop.

For Level 4 there are 100,000 sits performed with a seat load of 95kg. That is the equivalent of a user sitting on the chair 5 times every hour over a 38 hour week, for 52 weeks a year, over a ten year period.

Level 6 is even tougher – 200,000 sits with the equivalent of a person weighing 120kg.

The durability of the action, the castors and the swivel mechanism are tested separately.

Safe

The standard includes a requirement that there be no features that can cut or trap the user or anyone else in the vicinity of the chair – something that home office users with children might appreciate. There are tests for stability as well.

The Blue Tick means that It’s Independently verified

The Australasian Furnishing Research & Development Institute (known as AFRDI or Furntech) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation whose Blue Tick logo is a registered certification mark. Not only do the chairs have to comply with the standard, the supplier must agree to have their brochures and production checked on an on-going basis. Further information is available from Furntech or (03) 6326 6155

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