ASTM PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has set forth performance standards for commercial outdoor furniture. Commercial furniture is designed to be easily maintained and handle frequent and consistent usage.

 

ASTM International, founded as the American Society for Testing and Materials, is a nonprofit organization that develops and publishes approximately 12,000 technical standards, covering the procedures for testing and classification of materials of every sort. Headquartered in West Conshohocken, United States, ASTM standards are used worldwide, with its membership consisting of over 30,000 members representing 135 countries. ASTM also serves as the administrator for the U.S. TAGs (United States Technical Advisory Group) to an enormous amount of ISO/TCs (International Organization for Standardization/Technical Committee) and to their subcommittees.

ASTM Standards

1.1 These requirements establish nationally recognized performance requirements for Class A (residential) and Class B (nonresidential) plastic chairs intended for outdoor use.

1.2 These requirements do not address conditions that affect the performance of the chair beyond the manufacturing site.

1.3 These requirements are not applicable to chaises, multi-positional chairs, upholstered chairs, or other types of furniture.

1.4 These requirements cover the physical performance of product regarding the aspects of outdoor weathering, impact, static load, and rear leg testing.

1.5 Products may be manufactured from recycled plastics as long as the performance requirements are met.

1.6 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

1.7 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.