UL helps office furniture manufacturers ensure quality and compliance through furniture testing, safety certifications, chemical emissions testing and sustainability tools.  Workplaces and work styles are changing, and there is an increasing demand for furniture that facilitates the use of computers and devices throughout office spaces, supporting the collaborative, data-driven nature of work today.

To enhance our offerings for furniture testing, UL acquired Advanced Furniture Testing, a leader in performance and durability testing for furniture.  The acquisition enables UL to combine its safety certification and chemical emissions testing services with Advanced Furniture Testing’s expertise in performance and durability testing to offer a broader portfolio of services to office furniture manufacturers.  For more information about the testing we now offer, click here.

UL wrote the Standard on Safety for Office Furnishings Systems (UL 1286), enabling manufacturers to comprehensively test office systems – such as work surfaces, shelving and panels – to determine that products meet electrical, flammability and personal-injury safety requirements.  If you are interested in how the UL Safety Certification process works, view the typical procedure and other customer resources.

UL is the exclusive provider of GREENGUARD Certification, which certifies products that meet stringent chemical emissions requirements and can contribute to points in established green building programs, satisfy code or ordinance criteria, or meet indoor air quality RFP requirements. GREENGUARD Certification cuts through the clutter of environmental claims and self-declarations by credibly communicating commitment to healthy buildings, customer well-being and sustainability. GREENGUARD Certification was recently named by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as an approved eco-label for government purchasers.  Ninety-five perfect of all federal purchasing must be environmentally preferable, and GREENGUARD Certified products help meet that criteria.  GREENGUARD Certification also helps satisfy requirements in hundreds of green building programs, including CA 01350, Green Globes, GSA and LEED®. UL is also a provider of BIFMA’s level certification, a multi-attribute sustainability certification for office products and NSF/ANSI 336: Sustainability Assessment for Commercial Furnishings Fabric.

UL can also help furniture manufacturers and retailers affected by California Proposition 65 regulations, which require almost every business operating within the state to warn buyers of the presence of any of nearly 900 chemical substances contained in or emitted by the products that they sell.