Workbenches for laboratories - Dimensions, safety requirements and test methods

This draft European Standard specifies safety requirements and test methods for laboratory benches including laboratory tables and gives recommendations for their dimensions. It applies to benches, movable tables and overbench shelves designed for use in research, educational, quality control and similar laboratories. It should be understood that fulfilling the requirements do not ensure that failure will not occur as a result of habitual misuse or after an excessively long period of service. The tests are designed to be applied to a stand-alone bench that is fully assembled and ready for use.

Arbeitstische für Laboratorien - Maße, Sicherheitsanforderungen und Prüfverfahren

Dieser Europäische Norm-Entwurf legt Sicherheitsanforderungen und Prüfverfahren für Laborarbeitstische einschließlich beweglicher Tische fest und gibt Empfehlungen für ihre Maße. Diese Europäische Norm gilt für fest installierte Arbeitstische, bewegliche Tische und Tischablagen, die für den Gebrauch in Forschungs-, Ausbildungs-, Qualitätskontroll- und gleichartigen Laboratorien konstruiert sind. Diese Europäische Norm gilt nicht für Schülertische in wissenschaftlichen Klassenräumen von Schulen. Sie gilt nicht für Spezialtische, beispielsweise für schwere diagnostische Analysenautomaten oder verfahrenstechnische Maschinen. Verständlicherweise wird durch diese Norm nicht sichergestellt, dass Mängel, die infolge regelmäßigen Missbrauchs oder nach einer übermäßig langen Nutzungszeit auftreten können, vermieden werden. Die Prüfungen gelten für einen allein stehenden Arbeitstisch, der komplett montiert und betriebsfertig ist. Anforderungen und Prüfverfahren hinsichtlich der Feuersicherheit von Arbeitstischen und hinsichtlich der Wiederstandsfähigkeit der Arbeitsoberfläche sind in dieser Europäische Norm nicht behandelt.

Paillasses de laboratoire - Dimensions, spécification de sécurité et méthodes d'essai

La présente Norme européenne spécifie les prescriptions de sécurité et les méthodes d'essai des paillasses de laboratoire, y compris les tables de laboratoire et donne des recommandations concernant leurs dimensions.
La présente Norme européenne s'applique aux paillasses, tables mobiles et tablettes conçues pour une utilisation dans des laboratoires de recherche, d'enseignement, de contrôle de qualité ou similaires.
La présente norme ne s'applique pas aux paillasses pour éleves des classes scientifiques des écoles. Elle ne s'applique pas aux paillasses pour usages spéciaux, par exemple pour diagnostic lourd ou pour machines de traitement.
Il devrait etre compris que le respect des prescriptions n'assure pas qu'un défaut n'apparaisse du fait d'une mauvaise utilisation continuelle ou apres une période d'utilisation excessivement longue.
Les essais sont conçus pour etre appliqués a une paillasse isolée completement assemblée et prete a l'utilisation.
Les spécifications et méthodes d'essai liées a la sécurité des paillasses en cas d'incendie et a la résistance du plan de travail ne sont pas traitées dans la présente Norme européenne.

Delovni pulti za laboratorije - Mere, varnostne zahteve in preskusne metode

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2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.Workbenches for laboratories - Dimensions, safety requirements and test methodsDelovni pulti za laboratorije - Mere, varnostne zahteve in preskusne metodePaillasses de laboratoire - Dimensions, spécification de sécurité et méthodes d'essaiArbeitstische für Laboratorien - Maße, Sicherheitsanforderungen und Prüfverfahren71.040.10Kemijski laboratoriji. Laboratorijska opremaChemical laboratories. Laboratory equipmentICS:SIST EN 13150:2002enTa slovenski standard je istoveten z:EN 13150:200101-maj-2002SIST EN 13150:2002SLOVENSKI

EUROPEAN STANDARDNORME EUROPÉENNEEUROPÄISCHE NORMEN 13150May 2001ICS 71.040.10English versionWorkbenches for laboratories - Dimensions, safety requirementsand test methodsPaillasses de laboratoire - Dimensions, spécification desécurité et méthodes d'essaiArbeitstische für Laboratorien - Maße,Sicherheitsanforderungen und PrüfverfahrenThis European Standard was approved by CEN on 16 April 2001.CEN members are bound to comply with the CEN/CENELEC Internal Regulations which stipulate the conditions for giving this EuropeanStandard the status of a national standard without any alteration. Up-to-date lists and bibliographical references concerning such nationalstandards may be obtained on application to the Management Centre or to any CEN member.This European Standard exists in three official versions (English, French, German). A version in any other language made by translationunder the responsibility of a CEN member into its own language and notified to the Management Centre has the same status as the officialversions.CEN members are the national standards bodies of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.EUROPEAN COMMITTEE FOR STANDARDIZATIONCOMITÉ EUROPÉEN DE NORMALISATIONEUROPÄISCHES KOMITEE FÜR NORMUNGManagement Centre: rue de Stassart, 36
B-1050 Brussels© 2001 CENAll rights of exploitation in any form and by any means reservedworldwide for CEN national Members.Ref. No. EN 13150:2001 E

Page 2EN 13150:2001ContentsPageForeword.21 Scope.22 Normative references.33 Terms and definitions.34 Recommended dimensions.45 General safety requirements.66 Specific requirements.77 User information.78 Marking and labelling.89 Test report.8Annex A (normative) Test methods for safety testing.9Annex B (informative) Optional tests.12ForewordThis European Standard has been prepared by Technical Committee CEN/TC 207 "Furniture", the secretariatof which is held by IBN.This European Standard shall be given the status of a national standard, either by publication of an identical textor by endorsement, at the latest by November 2001, and conflicting national standards shall be withdrawn at thelatest by November 2001.This European Standard EN 13150 is applicable with date of publication (dop.) For workbenches for laboratoriescomplying with a national standard before dop, this previous national standard may continue to apply forproduction and placing on the market until 2 years after dop. This standard does not apply to workbenches forlaboratories, which have been put into service in the laboratory before 2 years after dop.Annex A is normative. Annex B is informative.According to the CEN/CENELEC Internal Regulations, the national standards organizations of the followingcountries are bound to implement this European Standard: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland,France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden,Switzerland and the United Kingdom.1 ScopeThis European Standard specifies safety requirements and test methods for workbenches for laboratoriesincluding laboratory tables and gives recommendations for their dimensions. This European Standard applies to workbenches, movable tables and workbench shelves designed for use inresearch, educational, quality control and similar laboratories. This European Standard does not apply to workbenches for pupils in scientific class rooms of schools. It doesnot apply to workbenches for special purposes, e.g. for heavy diagnostic or processing machines.It should be understood that fulfilling the requirements does not ensure that failure will not occur as a result ofhabitual misuse or after an excessively long period of service. The tests are designed to be applied to a stand-alone workbench that is fully assembled and ready for use.

Page 3EN 13150:2001Requirements and test methods related to the fire safety of workbenches and to the resistance of the worksurface are not included in this European Standard.2 Normative referencesThis European Standard incorporates by dated or undated reference, provisions from other publications. Thesenormative references are cited at the appropriate places in the text and the publications are listed hereafter. Fordated references, subsequent amendments to or revisions of any of these publications apply to this Europeanstandard only when incorporated in it by amendment or revision. For undated references the latest edition of thepublication referred to applies (including amendments).EN 527-1:2000, Office furniture - Work tables and desks - Part 1: DimensionsEN 1730, Domestic furniture - Tables - Test methods for determination of strength, durability and stabilityprEN 12600:1999, Glass in building - Pendulum test - Impact test method for flat glass and performancerequirementsEN 61010-1, Safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use - Part1: General requirements (IEC 61010-1:1990 + A1:1992, modified)ISO 48, Rubber, vulcanized or thermoplastic – Determination of hardness (hardness between 10 IRHD and 100IRHD)ISO 2813, Paints and varnishes - Determination of specular gloss of non-metallic paint films at 20°, 60° and 85°3 Terms and definitionsFor the purposes of this European Standard, the following terms and definitions apply.3.1work surface height, h1vertical distance between the floor and the top of the work surface (see Figure 1)3.2overworkbench shelf height, h2vertical distance between the floor and the top of the shelf surface (see Figure 1)3.3bottom rail height, h3vertical distance between the floor and the lower part of bottom rail (see Figure 2)3.4overall depth, d1horizontal distance between the front and the rear edge of the workbench including possible service zones (seeFigure 2)3.5clear work surface depth, d2horizontal distance between the front and the rear edge of the workbench excluding edges and possible servicezones (see Figure 2)3.6overworkbench shelf depth, d3horizontal distance between the front and the rear edge of the overworkbench shelf (see Figure 2)3.7service zone depth, d4horizontal distance of overall depth d1 minus clear work surface depth d2 (see Figure 2)

Page 4EN 13150:20013.8static testtest consisting of heavy loads being applied a few times to ensure that the workbench has sufficient strength toperform its function under the highest levels of loading that might reasonably be expected to occur3.9impact testtest to assess the strength of the workbench under the rapid rates of loading that occasionally occur 3.10fatigue testtest simulating the repeated application of loads or movement of components occurring during long-term use andassessing the durability of the workbench under such conditions3.11structureload bearing parts of the workbench including the frame, top and legs3.12workbenchwork surface with supporting structure and services as required3.13movable workbench or tableunit which is not fixed to the floor or wall nor has any service connections NOTE This definition is for the purpose of the drop test only (see A.3.7).4 Recommended dimensionsOther dimensions than those recommended in this clause 4 may be agreed between customer and manufacturer.4.1 Heights4.1.1 Work surface heightThe nominal heights h1 are listed in Table 1. In every case there should be an levelling range of minimum 20 mm. For seated work the relationship between seat height and work surface height is critical. The use ofadjustable height seat is recommended.Table 1 - Work surface heightsType of workbenchNominal heights h1 in mmSittingStanding a)720 900 a) or sitting on high chairs or stools4.1.2 Leg roomMinimum leg room under the workbench should be in accordance with clause 6 of EN 527-1:2000.

Page 5EN 13150:20014.1.3 Overworkbench shelvesFor workbenches with a depth > 600 mm, the maximum height h2 of the highest reagent shelf combined withthe workbench should be 1750 mm (see Figure 1).4.1.4 Bottom railsIf there are bottom rails, the height h3 (see Figure 2) should be minimum 150 mm. 4.2 Depths 4.2.1 Overall depthThe recommended depths are listed in Table 2.Table 2 - Depths Part of workbenchDepth in mmClear work surface d2600 to 900 Service zone d450 to 400 Overworkbench shelves d3max. 150 for reagents; min. 150 for equipmentOverall depth d1Clear work surface plus possible service zoneNOTE Drawings are examples only.Figure 1 - Front view of a workbenchFigure 2 - Side view of twoworkbenches back-to-back

Page 6EN 13150:20014.2.2 Clear work surface depthThe clear work surface depth d2 should be minimum 600 mm and maximum 900 mm (see Figure 2).4.2.3 Service zone depthThe depth of the service zone d4 should be minimum 50 mm and maximum 400 mm (see Figure 2).4.2.4 Depth of overworkbench shelvingThe depth of overworkbench shelving d3 should be maximum of 150 mm for reagents and minimum 150 mm forequipment (see Figure 2).4.3 LengthThe length l1 should be in multiples of 300 mm with prefered dimensions of 600 mm up to 1800 mm (see Figure1).5 General safety requirementsWorkbenches shall be manufactured so as to minimise injuries and damage to the human body or parts of thebody during normal working conditions. Components or parts of the workbench with which the user may comeinto contact during intended use shall not have burrs, sharp edges or sharp corners and points.Workbenches shall be manufactured from materials which are resistant to the mechancial, chemical and thermalrequirements of the intended use of the workbench. Any vertical glass component greater than or equal to 0,06 m2 shall comply with prEN 12600:1999 type 4B or 4C.The width of accessible apertures (excluding drawers and doors and their associated fittings but including thegap between handles and other parts of the structure) shall always be either less than 8 mm or more than 25 mm. Handles shall not incorporate recesses in which substances may accumulate. Accessible open ends andfeet of tubular components shall be capped or otherwise closed.Work surfaces specifically designed to retain liquids shall be provided with retaining edges on all sides so thatthe retention capacity is min. 5 litres per square metre of work surface.Any joints and work surfaces shall be made using materials to give a surface which will not crack, retain dirt orforeign matter or absorbs liquid. When required by the intended use, special care shall be taken to ensure thatthe growth of harmful pathogenic agents will not be promoted or sustained.A retaining strip of min. 30 mm height shall be provided on the rear edges and open ends of overworkbenchshelves unless they abut a wall. When the work requires it, a separation shield shall be provided between twoopposite work surfaces. 6 Specific requirements6.1 StabilityA free standing workbench shall not overturn when tested in accordance with Strength and durabilityThe workbench shall show no failure which can affect safety when tested as specified in 6.3 and it shall still fulfilits function. Furthermore in the deflection of workbench shelves test (see A.3.4) there shall be no deflectiongreater than span/200 under load and no permanent deflection greater than span/1000 24 hours after unloading.

Page 7EN 13150:20016.3 Sequence and conditions of safety testingThe sequence of safety testing and the test conditions shall be as specified in Table 3.NOTE A list of optional test methods and suggested requirements is included in annex B.Table 3 - Conditions for safety testingSubclauseTestParameterValueA.3.1Horizontal static loadForce in N600A.3.2Vertical static load
- main surface
- ancillary surfaceForce in N2000500A.3.3Sustained vertical load ifrequiredkg/dm21,25A.3.4Deflection of workbenchshelveskg/dm21,25A.3.5Horizontal impact stabilityDrop height in mmMass in kg4050A.3.6Vertical load stability
- without drawers
- with drawersMass in kg10075A.3.7DropDrop height in mm1506.4 Surface reflectionThe reflection of the work surface shall be stated by the manufacturer and shall be determined in accordancewith ISO 2813 at 60 degrees.6.5 Electrical saf

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