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Mandatory Environmental Checklist for Office Furniture

Section Criteria Comply Now 2011 2013 2015
5 Materials
5.1 Manufacturer has Implemented a Design for Environment Program   X X X
5.3 Life Cycle Assessment
5.3.1 Apply first two of the four elements in ISO 14040 during product - to be re-assessed in 2010   X X X
5.6 BioBased Renewable Material - Sustainable Wood
5.6 A minimum of 50% of the total wood volume of the product originates from a forest certified under PEFC (FSC, SFI, CSA) X X X X
  All wood product originates from a forest certified under PEFC (FSC, SFI, CSA)     X X
5.7 Recycled Content
5.7.1 Meets Table One (BIFMA E3-2008) for Recovered Materials Content Requirements X X X X
5.7.2 Recycled Content Material (post consumer/post industrial) represent at least 50% of total weight - to be re-assessed in 2010   X X X
5.7.3 Meets Table Two (BIFMA E3-2008) for Recovered Materials Content Requirements for Packaging Material   X X X
5.9 Extended Product Responsibility
5.9.1 Product Designed for Durability/Upgradeability X X X X
5.9.2 Product Designed for Remanufacturing X X X X
  Product Designed for Disassembly within a reasonable time frame (5 minutes or less) X X X X
5.9.3 Product Designed for Recycling X X X X
5.9.4.1 Options for legacy product lines X X X X
5.9.4.2 There is a buy-back or take-back program for products   X X X
PWGSC Product Designed for Ease of Maintenance X X X X
5.10 Solid Waste Management
  Waste audit program in place   X X X
7 Human and Ecosystem Health
7.1 Organization shall evaluate compliance with all applicable environmental health and safety regulations X X X X
7.1.2 Organization shall have key chemical and risk management policies   X X X
7.2 Manufacturer shall document and meet key elements of an environmental management system as per BIFMA Sustainability Guidelines 2005 X X X X
7.2 Manufacturer has ISO 14001 accreditation in facility where product manufactured or alternatively meet equivalent environmental management system accompanied by third party documentation of equivalency   X X X
7.3 Chemical Management Plan
7.3 Manufacturer shall have a system in place to acquire, use, store transportation and final disposition of chemicals   X X X
  Effects of Product, Process and Maintenance Chemicals
7.4.1.1 Identify and assess all MSDS reportable chemicals X X X X
7.4.1.2 Identify and assess all chemicals of concern down to 100 parts per million, including for components. - to be re-assessed in 2010   X X X
7.4.1.3 Identify and assess all chemical constituents down to 100 parts per million, including for components. - to be re-assessed in 2010     X X
7.4.2 Identify and assess all chemical constituents down to 1,000 ppm of at least 3 manufacturing processes associated with the manufacture of the product. - to be re-assessed in 2010   X X X
  Chemicals identified as toxic through the federal government's Chemical Management Plan must be excluded X X X X
7.6 Low Emitting Furniture
7.6.2 Furniture emissions shall not exceed the individual VOC concentration limits at 336 hours when determined in accordance with ANSI/BIFMA M7.1-2007   X X X
  Wood based panels must comply with CARB X X X X
  Halogenated organic compounds must not be used for surface treatment of metals X X X X

Optional Value-Added Attributes for Possible Inclusion on E-Purchasing

Section Criteria Optional Now 2011 2013 2015
5.7.2 Recycled Content Material (post consumer/post industrial) represent at least 50% of total weight X X X X
5.7.3 Meets Table Two (BIFMA E3-2008) for Recovered Materials Content Requirements for Packaging Material X X X X

Additional Criteria for Office Seating

Section Criteria Comply Now 2011 2013 2015
Other Padding used in seat and back cushions shall be foamed with CO2 rather than ozone-depleting gases   X X X
  Padding must not contain halogenated flame retardants   X X X
  Chloro-organic bleaching agents must not be used in the production of padding   X X X
  CFC, HCFC, HFC or methylene chloride shall not be used as blowing agents for polyurethane   X X X
  No Penta BDE shall be used as a flame retardant   X X X
  Fabrics must not contain halogenated flame retardants   X X X

"Green" Office Seating

Section Criteria Comply Now 2011 2013 2015
  Shall meet the criteria for Gold in accordance with BIFMA E-3 2008 X      
  Shall meet the criteria for Platinum in accordance with BIFMA E-3 2008   X X X