Standard Active Last Updated: May 05, 2020
ASTM F851-87(2020)

Standard Test Method for Self-Rising Seat Mechanisms

Significance and Use

3.1 This test method provides the criteria for a practical, reproducible test for assuring the proper life-cycle of self-rising or automatic-lifting seat mechanisms of chairs.

3.2 This test method should be considered suitable for the testing required for design purposes, manufacturing control, service evaluation, specification acceptance, and regulatory statutes.


1.1 This test method evaluates the performance of self-rising or automatic-lifting seat mechanisms of chairs in places of assembly.

1.2 This test method addresses only the raising of the seat. It does not address the load that may be placed on that seat. Committee F15 is considering a standard addressing this load.

1.3 The values as stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values in parentheses are provided for information only.

1.4 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 15.11
Developed by Subcommittee: F15.23
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.1520/F0851-87R20
ICS Code: 43.040.60