FIRA’s Ergonomic Excellence Award recognises companies who design and manufacture ergonomically outstanding products, especially those that meet and generally exceed the requirements of British and European standards. To achieve the award, products are independently assessed by FIRA’s ergonomics department. Areas of assessment include ergonomic qualities; ergonomic design; whether the product is ergonomically and structurally fit for purpose; level of comfort and wellbeing for the user; compliance with relevant health and safety regulations; and ensuring the manufacturer has high quality standards and a good environmental policy.
Speaking on the award, Dr Ilyas Ansari from AVA Sleep Ltd said, “It was critically important for AVA Sleep to receive the ‘seal of approval’ from FIRA for our new Science to Sleep mattress range. The range, which encompasses four collections, is innovative and body-adaptive, offering comfort and support to the user.
“Whilst we were all aware internally about the mattresses’ ergonomic performance and benefits, we wanted independent verification and analysis so we could give confidence externally to the consumer. As a result of this award, and independent sleep research from Professor John Groeger at Hull University, our mattresses now stand out within the marketplace. We’re looking forward to the January Furniture Show, where, after two years in the making, we will launch these ergonomic mattresses to the industry”.
Levent Caglar, Head of Ergonomics Unit at FIRA International said, “As this was the first mattress to receive FIRA’s Ergonomic Excellence Award, we had to develop new ergonomic criteria for mattress products. When we consider that on average we spend 8 hours a night on a mattress we had to ensure the product, and future ergonomic mattresses, would provide users with comfortable sleep and in the long-term help maintain the health of their back.
“Dimensions had to ensure consumers could use the mattress comfortably and safely, with anthropometric data supporting tests. In terms of comfort; pressure maps were produced and analysed to check pressure distribution throughout the body, postural analysis was undertaken alongside subjective assessment from users taking part in controlled trials.”
“When considering use; we wanted to ensure handles were designed in such a way that 90% of the population could achieve a comfortable and secure grip. For safety, it was critical to ensure mattresses were tested against British standards for durability and flammability.”
AVA Sleep’s Science to Sleep range joins over 30 products with a FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award, spanning desks, IT accessories, task seating and storage holders.