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Guide­line L-Q 2010

Quality Office – Cooperation of office planners and occupational health and safety

Quality Office is based on the guideline "Quality Criteria for Office Workplaces L-Q 2010". Six well-known institutions from the world of office planning and occupational health and safety are the joint editors. They set the benchmark for Quality Office certification.

Benefits and goals

Quality Office is a signpost for all who want to create perfect office workplaces. In planning and equipping offices, not only are functionality and safety important, but also the motivation and health of all office users.

Quality Office guarantees safety and simplifies the decision-making process. There are a multitude of recommendations and quality marks that cover parts of office workplace design. Quality Office integrates these and gives comprehensive advice when selecting office products and consultancy services.

Quality Office guarantees quality. All certified products and services are above average and well-suited for creating actual office workplaces.

The foundation: Guideline L-Q 2010

The foundation of the Quality Office certification is the Guideline "Quality Criteria for Office Workplaces L-Q 2010". It defines the requirements for modern office workplaces, capable consultants and experienced dealers.

The guideline consists of two parts. The first part is comprised of the "Requirements for products". The basis for all product certifications is the GS mark (Tested Safety). It indicates the compliance of the furniture product with the German product safety legislation (Produktsicherheitsgesetz zum Schutz von Sicherheit und Gesundheit), which is based on European directives. Additionally, Quality Office guarantees further product features in the fields of safety, ergonomics, functionality, flexibility, durability and sustainability. The first part also includes measurements for all kinds of office chairs and desks.

The second part of the guideline defines the requirement for services of dealers, planners and consultants. The certification of these companies and experts follows the criteria accordingly.

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The editors

Six well-known institutions from the world of office work and occupational health and safety are the joint editors. They set the scale for high-quality office work.

Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V., Normenausschuss Holzwirtschaft und Möbel (NHM)
German Institute for Standardization, Timber and Furniture Standards Committee

The German Institute for Standardization DIN is a non-profit technical and scientific association. The main field of activity is the development of technical rules for the benefit of the economy and the whole society. As a self-governing body of the economy, the institute is also responsible for the representation of German interests within European and international forums.

Statutory Employer's Liability Insurance Association

The administrative and professional association – VBG – is the statutory accident insurance for financial service providers, insurance companies, administrations, liberal professions and special companies. Services offered: The VBG offers services and consulting on questions of prevention, management, training and education as well as complete protection in the case of accidents at work and occupational diseases.  

Industrieverband Büro und Arbeitswelt (IBA)
Interior Bussiness Assiociation

The IBA (former bso) is the federation for office workplace design. IBA represents the interests of producers of office furniture, acoustics-, light- and technical solutions for office environments. IBA supports the actual changes in office work and is the conceptual partner of Orgatec, the internationally leading fair for office workplace design.

Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA)
Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

The BAuA supports the Federal Ministry of Labour in all questions of safety at work, including medical occupational safety. It monitors and analyzes safety at work, health protection and the effects of working conditions on human health within the working environment as well as develops solutions to various problems.  

Deutsches Netzwerk Büro e.V.
German Office Network

The aim of the German Office Network is the promotion of the quality of office work. It supports the practical improvement of working conditions in offices. It is open to companies, organisations, governmental institutions and individuals who are interested in the improvement of office work.

Handelsverband Büro und Schreibkultur (HBS)
Trade Association for Office Products and Stationery

HBS is the association for dealers with office products and stationery. It also represents dealers for office furniture and office planners. It is a member of the German Retail Federation (HDE).