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Acing the Test Report: Test Report Standardization and Transparency

On October 29, 2015, UL, BIFMA, and the GSA conducted a presentation titled, Acing the Test Report: Test Report Standardization and Transparency, at NeoCon East in Philadelphia. Stefania Crum of GSA, Dave Panning of BIFMA, and Doug Woodard of UL discussed how variations in testing, reports, and product names present specifiers with challenges to ensure products have met GSA requirements. Are there specific GSA requirements that help unify the testing process? Stevie Crum, Commodity Service Specialist for GSA, indicated several requirements during the NeoCon presentation that can help establish GSA acceptance and simplify the test report process. [...]

BIFMA Testing to Our Test Lab

When you send out testing, you should expect a testing experience that is as good or better than you can get in-house. We understand your needs and offer over 50 years of experience in the office furniture industry and nearly 40 years specifically in testing.  Our UL test lab offers BIFMA testing along with customized testing options. [...]

We’ve Expanded our A2LA Scope of Accreditation

We've expanded our scope of accreditation to offer our customers a broader range of service to meet their compliance testing needs! Check out our full scope of accreditation on the A2LA website or read more to see what's new! [...]

Are the Wood Components Inside Your Product CARB Compliant for Formaldehyde?

High-profile retailers have come under scrutiny for selling products that exceed formaldehyde emissions limits set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Air Toxics Control Measure. The CARB regulation limits formaldehyde emissions from plywood, particleboard, and MDF. These limits have been in place since 2009, and more stringent CARB Phase 2 limits have been in place since 2012. [...]

UL Webinar: Managing the Risks Associated with Point of Sale and Retail Fixtures

Join UL for a webinar on December 16th at 2:00pm EST, on the risks associated with commercial displays and point of sale items (POS), and how to avoid them. Commercial displays and point of sale items are important ways to market products, but as a retailer, you don't always know if the displays are safe for the thousands of customers and employees walking by them each day. With displays changing every 6-9 months, retailers must be sure they are designed to avoid fire, electrical risks and other hazards. [...]

What Should You Expect When Preparing for the UL Mark Evaluation?

Although many UL product evaluations vary, there is a specific structure that you can count on during a UL Mark Evaluation. The diagram below demonstrates the typical process for obtaining authorization to use the UL Mark. Along with understanding the steps within UL Mark Evaluation, there are several other ways to make this process more efficient: Start with UL requirements early in your product development cycle. [...]

Whitepaper: Making Point-of-Sale and Commercial Displays Safe for Retailers and Consumers

This UL white paper discusses the general safety issues related to displays used in retail and commercial settings, and the importance of selecting displays that have been evaluated and certified for their intended use. The paper begins with an overview of the expanded use of displays and their benefits to retailers and consumers. Then, the white paper reviews the legal mechanisms for enforcing minimum safety standards for retail displays, the risks of non-compliance and the value of independently tested and certified displays. [...]

UL Furniture & Bedding Sponsoring SEFA’s Annual Meeting & Trade Show from November 4 – 6

Visit UL at the SEFA (Scientific Equipment & Furniture Association) Annual Meeting on November 4 – 6 at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. On the SEFA website, you can find a detailed schedule with daily events and other details. We hope to see you there! If you would like to speak with a member of our sales team who is attending the show, please contact them using the information below: Joe Lagrow Email: Joseph. [...]

Join UL for A Presentation at NeoCon East

Join speakers from UL, BIFMA and the GSA for a presentation called “Acing the Test Report: Test Report Standardization and Transparency,” which will be presented at NeoCon East in Philadelphia.  Stefania Crum of GSA, Dave Panning of BIFMA, and Doug Woodard of UL will discuss how variations in testing, reports and product names can present specifiers with challenges to ensure products have met requirements.  Join the group for a panel discussion on the importance of test report standardization and transparency in testing. [...]

UL Furniture & Bedding’s Ribbon Cutting Event Covered in Holland Sentinel’s Sunday Paper

On September 2nd, 2015, our furniture testing lab held a grand opening in Holland, MI. Local businesses and furniture industry participants toured the lab and partook in the ribbon cutting proceedings. Safety testing giant opens furniture testing facility, an article published by Justine McGuire on October 3rd, 2015 discusses UL's acquisition of Advanced Furniture Testing and the benefits to furniture industry players in West Michigan. [...]