Three furniture standards recently published by Standards Australia aim to provide the education sector with a safe learning space for students.
The AS/NZS 4610:2020 standards series covers the strength, durability and stability of tables, chairs and storage furniture, including the requirements for testing. The standards aim to assist in providing durable furniture for students from kindergarten through to their last year of high school.
“Studies show that around 18 to 24 percent of children report back pain at least monthly, with these complaints increasing through their teenage years . This statistic highlights the importance of considering what desks and chairs children are learning on five days a week, six hours a day,” a spokesperson for Standards Australia said.
“The furniture children use has a large role in assisting healthy posture habits,” said Chair of the Committee responsible for the standard, Robert Panitzki.
“With Australian children spending large amounts of time at their desks and chairs, it is important we promote appropriately designed and durable furniture for schools and their pupils,” said General Manager of Australasian Furnishing Research and Development Institute (AFRDI), Ian Burton.
Through the standards taking into account the differing ages and sizes of school-aged children, Standards Australia hopes this series can assist in creating a comfortable and safe classroom for Australian students.