Laboratory Furniture Testing

SEFA standards and its importance for Laboratory Furniture

The frequency of change in laboratory use has made it desirable to provide furnishings and services that can be moved and adapted quickly; although some services and surfaces will be fixed elements in any laboratory, such as sinks, there are several options available to meet the adaptable needs for various types of research. The SEFA Guidelines specifically deal with the adaptability of furniture systems. At AAKAR Scientific Pvt. Ltd., we’re particular about incorporating these guidelines. This article will help to understand and choose the best furniture for your laboratory’s needs.

The Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association (SEFA) is an international trade association based out of New York, America. Comprised of manufacturers of laboratory furniture, casework, fume hoods and other related products, along with members of the design and installation professions. The Association as founded to promote this rapidly expanding industry and improve the quality, safety in accordance with customer requirements.

SEFA 10 is intended to provide designers, architects, purchasers, end users, and manufacturers’ workable tools for evaluating various types of adaptable laboratory furniture systems (defined as modular furniture assemblies). This Recommended Practice provides descriptions of various adaptable laboratory furniture systems and evaluates important features of each system. Adaptability, strength, and functionality are rated for each adaptable system described, along with how each system integrates with laboratory services and utilities.

SEFA 8M is a performance-based standards used to assess the durability and safety of furniture’s Structural integrity and its complimentary items

Tests which must be performed on lab furniture to be recognized as SEFA8M are as follows:

  • Resistance test/ Mechanical test: like loads on surfaces, cabinets, and drawers.
  • Cycling test / Dynamic test: effects of force on doors and cabinets.
  • Work surface finishing test: exposing to 49 chemicals including acids.

In short the purpose of the SEFA recommended practice is to make laboratory furniture manufacturing responsible for the conditions and environment in which they work, thus providing the customer with high-quality facilities.