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CHAIR STANDARDS & CERTIFICATIONS

Testing and certification of office seating in Australia and New Zealand is principally carried out by AFRDI, the Australian Furnishings Research & Development Institute.

Based in Tasmania, AFRDI is a government-authorised non-profit organisation which certifies furniture to Australian and New Zealand standards, including standards AFRDI 142 and AS/NZS 4438.

Learn more about: AFRDI 

AFRDI 142

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Type of certification:
Weight Rating

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What is it?
Certification for 'heavy duty' office chairs.
AFRDI 142 tests office chairs for rated load performance – user weight and shift length.

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What about other weight ratings?
AFRDI 142 is the only standard in Australasia which certifies office chairs for weight ratings. 
Any other ‘weight ratings’ that get quoted are not certified ratings, but simply supplier recommendations.

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Levels of certification:
There are four levels:
135kg Single Shift — for users up to and including 135kg, for single 8 hour shift operations.
135kg Multi Shift — for users up to and including 135kg, for multi shift operations.
160kg Single Shift — for users up to and including 160kg, for single 8 hour shift operations.
160kg Multi Shift — for users up to and including 160kg, for multi shift operations.

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The first chair to pass
Eden Office Spectrum 3 with long/wide seat first chair ever to be certified AFRDI 142 160kg SSIn October 2012 our Spectrum with Long/Wide Seat was the first chair ever to be certified to AFRDI 142 160kg SS.
Link to: AFRDI newsletter
Link to: Spectrum page  

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Which Eden Office chairs have
certified weight ratings?
Look for these symbols on our task seating pages: 135kg certifiedor160kg certified

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AFRDI LEVEL 6 (AS/NZS 4438 LEVEL 6)

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Type of certification:
Ergonomic/durability

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What is it?
Australian/New Zealand Standard for computer chairs.
The government standard for computer chairs in Australia and New Zealand is the Australian/New Zealand Standard for Height Adjustable Swivel Office Chairs – AS/NZS 4438(1997).
This standard specifies dimensional, ergonomic, and durability requirements for computer chairs.

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Levels of certification:
AS/NZS 4438 offers three levels of certification – Level 4, 5, 6 – with Level 6 being the most severe and regarded as the market standard. 
AFRDI state that Level 6 is regarded as suitable for users up to about 110kg.

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Other names for this Standard
Certification at AS/NZS 4438 Level 6 is sometimes referred to as ‘AFRDI Level 6’.

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Which Eden Office chairs are
certified AFRDI Level 6?
Look for this symbol on our task seating pages: AFRDI Level 6 Certification

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AFRDI BLUE TICK

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Type of certification:
Quality

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What is it?
Quality assurance for office chairs.
AFRDI operates their own system of quality assurance for furniture and furniture components. The AFRDI Blue Tick is eligible for products that are certified to appropriate standards and meet AFRDI’s criteria for strength, durability, stability, function, flammability, and workmanship. 
Learn more about: Blue Tick

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Which Eden Office chairs have
AFRDI Blue Tick?
Look for this symbol on our task seating pages:AFRDI blue tick

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EDEN OFFICE CERTIFIED CHAIRS

header AFRDI 142 Certification – 160kg weight rating for multi-shift header AFRDI 142 Certification – 160kg weight rating header AFRDI 142 Certification – 135kg weight rating header AFRDI Level 6 Certification header AFRDI Blue Tick header
 
 
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Arena 3.50
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Control
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OfficeMax chairs:
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Spectrum Long Wide
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Cloud Ergo
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Arena 2.40
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Arena 2.50
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Arena 3.40
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Arena 3.50
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Chorus 2.40
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Chorus 2.50
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Chorus 3.40
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Chorus 3.50
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Cloud Ergo
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Control
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Edge Mid Back 2
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Edge Mid Back 3
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Edge High Back 2
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Edge High Back 3
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Spectrum 2
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Spectrum 3
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OfficeMax chairs:
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Tactic 2
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Tactic 3
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Arena 2.40
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Arena 2.50
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Arena 3.40
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Arena 3.50
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Chorus 2.40
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Chorus 2.50
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Chorus 3.40
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Chorus 3.50
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Cloud Ergo
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Edge Mid Back 2
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Edge Mid Back 3
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Edge High Back 2
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Edge High Back 3
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Spectrum 2
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OfficeMax chairs:
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Tactic 2
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Tactic 3
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