Effective August 17, 2016

Standard Information
Standard Number:
UL 1286
Standard Name:
Office Furnishings
Standard Edition and Issue Date:
5th Edition Dated August 28, 2008
Date of Revision:
October 2, 2014
Date of Previous Revisions to Standard:
5th Edition Dated September 19, 2013
Effective Date of New/Revised Requirements

Effective Date (see Schedule below): August 17, 2016

Impact, Overview, Fees and Action Required

Impact Statement: A review of all Listing Reports is necessary to determine which products comply with new/revised requirements and which products will require re-evaluation. NOTE: Effective immediately, this revised standard will be exclusively used for evaluation of new products unless the Applicant requests in writing that current requirements be used along with their understanding that their listings will be withdrawn on Effective Date noted above, unless the product is found to comply with new/revised requirements.

Overview of Changes (Specific details of new/revised requirements are found in table below):

  • Additional Requirement for Vertically Adjustable Surfaces
  • Revisions to Align with the New Edition of BIFMA X5.9, Storage Units. 
  • Revisions to Align with the New Edition of BIFMA X5.5, Desk and Table Products.
  • Additional Requirements for a New Supplement Covering Office Furnishings Attached to the Building Structure.

Schedule: So that shipping of products with Listing Marks will not be interrupted, an approximate schedule has been established to ensure Listing Reports are found compliant by Effective Date:

  • December 18, 2015 = 8 Month Report Review – Intertek will review all Reports. Update if compliance is verified or issue Findings Letter/Quote for any re-evaluations needed
  • February 15, 2016 = 6 Month Quote Cut-off – Quotes returned for necessary re-evaluations
  • July 17, 2016 = 30 Day Warning – Client advised of all non-compliant Reports to be Suspended
  • August 17, 2016 = Effective Date – ATM Suspended for all non-compliant Reports

Fees: An initial review of Listing Report (s) will be covered by a direct billing project and will be invoiced at not more than $1000 per report.

Client Action Required:

Information - To assist our Engineer with review of your Listing Reports, please submit technical information in response to the new/revised paragraphs noted in the attached or explain why these new/revised requirements do not apply to your product (s).

Current Listings Not Active? – Please immediately identify any current Listing Reports or products that are no longer active and should be removed from our records. We will do this at no charge as long as Intertek is notified in writing prior to the review of your reports.

Description of New/Revised Technical Requirements
19InfoMechanical Assembly
19.6.1 New clause added;

The clearance between a vertically user-adjustable surface and any adjacent surface shall not be less than 25 mm (1 in.). A clearance less than 8 mm (0.3 in.) is acceptable where the clearance is maintained throughout the travel of the adjusting surface. Articulating keyboard support surfaces are exempt from this requirement.a

a With the permission of BIFMA, this requirement is reproduced from the BIFMA/ANSI Standard for Office Furnishings - Panel Systems, ANSI/BIFMA X 5.6-2010. BIFMA shall not be responsible for the manner in which the information is presented, used, nor for any interpretations thereof.
Figure 19.1Info

New figure added;

Vertically adjustable surface clearance

33InfoFunctional and Proof Load Tests

Additions to existing requirements are underlined and deletions are shown lined out below.

An independent storage unit not connected mechanically to an office panel shall be tested in accordance with the Standard for Storage Units, ANSI/BIFMA X 5.9 – 2004 2012, as listed in Table 33.2.
Table 33.2 

Additions to existing requirements are underlined below.

 Required tests of ANSI/BIFMA X 5.9 – 2012

Section reference

Section title


Unit Strength Test


Leg/Glide Assembly Test


Racking Resistance Test


Vertical Load Durability Test


Disengagement Test


Stability Test


Storage Unit Drop Test


Interlock Strength Test


Clothes Rails Static Loading Test


Additions to existing requirements are underlined and deletions are shown lined out below.

A table or table system that is not connected mechanically to an office panel shall be tested in accordance with the Standard for Desk and Table Products, ANSI/BIFMA X 5.5 – 2008 2014, as listed in Table 33.3.
Table 33.3 

Additions to existing requirements are underlined and deletions are shown lined out below.

Required tests of ANSI/BIFMA X 5.5 – 2014

Section reference

Section title


Stability with Extendible Elements Open Test


Stability Under Vertical Load Test


Horizontal Stability Test for Desk/Tables with Casters


Stability Test for Keyboard/Laptop Tables (with and without casters)


Force Stability Test for Tall Desk/Table Products


Concentrated Proof Load Test


Distributed Proof Load Test


Transactional Surface Torsion Load Test


Extendible Element Static Load Test


Benching Systems - Distributed Functional Load and Stability Test


Benching Systems - Distributed Proof Load Test


Leg Strength Test


Disengagement Separation Tests for Tall Desk/Table Products


Interlock Strength Test


Work Surface Vertical Adjustment Test


Keyboard Support and Input Device Support Adjustment Test


Door Test – Strength Tests as follows: Vertically Hinged & Bi Fold, Bottom Horizontal Hinged, Vertical and Horizontal Receding Doors.


Tilting Top Table – Latch Strength Test


Monitor Arm Strength Test, also refer to UL 1286, paragraph 19.11.1 and the Exceptions to, 34A.1.1 and 34A.2.3.

Supplement SB 

New section added;


This new section includes new construction requirements, performance test requirements, markings, and instructions for office furnishing systems mounted to building structures (see standard for section details).

CUSTOMERS PLEASE NOTE: This Table and column "Verdict" can be used in determining how your current or future production is or will be in compliance with new/revised requirements.

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