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UL Offers Comprehensive Solutions to Help Ensure Safety and Sustainability of Broad Range of Juvenile Products

In 2019, there were 58 recalls of children’s products, impacting 13.7 million units, according to a report released by Kids in Danger. Thirty-eight deaths prior to recall were associated with children’s products in 2019. [...]

BIFMA X5.4-2020 Standard for Seating in Public Spaces Recently Approved by ANSI

The Business Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) X5.4-2020 standard is the first of three furniture standards under review to be approved by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI). As a result, products must be tested to the new requirements at your earliest convenience. [...]

Helping Manufacturers Meet Updated EN 1335-1 Requirements for Employee Health

In Europe, the requirements for dimensions of office work chairs are defined by the standard EN 1335-1. This standard has recently been updated to EN 1335-1:2020. The main change in the new version of the standard involves measurement methods. [...]

UL Announces New Streamlined Process for Safety Testing to UL 962 for Limited Production Commercial Displays

Northbrook, III - August 27, 2019 - UL, a global safety science leader, announced a new streamlined program for safety certification to UL 962, the Standard for Household and Commercial Furnishings. This program was specifically designed for manufacturers of custom commercial displays that have a short production cycle. Certification to UL 962 provides a thorough assessment of the electrical, mechanical and fire safety of products. [...]

UL Explores Importance of Supply Chain Visibility and Regulatory Risks the Malaysian Timber Conference

At the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) meeting held in Kuala Lumpur on July 25, 2019, UL shared our insights on supply chain visibility, regulatory risks and mitigation strategies with suppliers of wood products. Among several topics presented by Mike O’Hara, General Manager of UL’s Furniture Division, European and U.S. [...]

Zhejiang Xinyi Shengao Mechanical Transmission Company the first to receive the UL Listed Safety Certification for Adjustable Table Bases

A pioneer in third-party testing and certification solutions for the furniture industry, UL supports the furniture industry with innovative programs that provide new approaches to safety certification that meet the changing needs of the industry, while simultaneously ensuring the same high level of safety certification. In that perspective, UL recently announced that Zhejiang Xinyi Shengao Mechanical Transmission Company became the first company to receive the UL Listed Safety Certification Mark for their height adjustable table bases. Designed to assess the functional and electrical safety of table bases that are sold independently for mix-and-match use with different table tops, this new safety certification solution enables manufacturers of adjustable height table frames to demonstrate the safety of their products, certifying them as finished products rather than furniture components. [...]

UL is Now an Accredited Third-Party Certification Body for FEMB level Certification to Help European Manufacturers Demonstrate Product Sustainability

New Program Provides An Umbrella Certification Scheme While Also Accounting for Country-Specific SchemesCabiate (CO), Italy, November 28, 2018 — today UL announced it is an accredited independent third-party certification body in accordance to FEMB level, the European program for sustainability certification of office and contract furniture in interiors. Through FEMB level, UL can now help European manufacturers demonstrate product sustainability while enabling end-users to make more informed sustainable product selections. Similar to the BIFMA LEVEL Certification program, Europe’s level Certification evaluates the environmental and social sustainability of office furniture products, but is tailored to the European market. [...]

UL and AHFA Announce that Ashley Furniture, Hooker Furniture, Samson Marketing and Sauder Woodworking Have Successfully Completed the New Stability Verified Program, Making Stability Verified Furniture Easier to Identify

UL has partnered with the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) in creating a “Product Stability UL Verified” Mark. This Mark will help consumers identify products with stability marketing claims verified by UL. For participating companies, UL evaluates their in-house stability testing process as well as individual furniture pieces. [...]

Have You Heard About The Newly Released Standard By BIFMA For Occasional-Use Seating?

The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) has recently released a new safety and performance standard, BIFMA X6.4-2018 for Occasional Use Seating. The BIFMA Board of Directors observed the need for this new standard to align with market expectations for seating products designed for less frequent use. [...]

New UL SPOT includes enhanced search features, collaborative virtual workspaces and our new BIM Tools

UL is pleased to announce the release of the latest version of SPOT, the world’s largest credible resource for product sustainability information, at NeoCon in June. At booth # 7-2139A, you can see a demo of the newly enhanced SPOT application and learn about innovative features including: My Projects feature, which helps create custom project boards and connects design team members in a virtual workspace; Enhanced search functionality through tags, bookmarks and saved searches. BIM users can see a demo of UL’s free SPOT add-ins for Revit, Sketchup and AutoCAD that help streamline the product selection process for sustainable design. [...]