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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. [...]

AHFA AND UL CREATE NEW STABILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM

‘Stability Verified’ Mark Will Help Consumers Identify Safer Products April 11, 2018 HIGH POINT, N.C. – The American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) has partnered with UL, a global safety science company, in creating a “Product Stability UL Verified” mark to help consumers identify products that meet the industry’s voluntary stability standard requirements. [...]

UL Environment Recognized by the US EPA as a TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certifier

MARIETTA, Ga., June 20, 2017 – UL Environment, a division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, announced official recognition as a TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certifier (TPC) under the U.S. [...]

UL and QUATEST3 Sign Alliance Agreement to Develop Furniture Testing and Emissions Laboratory in Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM, October 18, 2016 — UL (Underwriters Laboratories), and QUATEST3 (Quality Assurance and Testing Center 3) today announced the signing of an Alliance Agreement to develop a furniture and chemical emissions testing laboratory in Vietnam. The goal of the agreement is to provide a world-class product testing facility and expertise in regulations that will enable Vietnamese furniture manufacturers to expand their business into global markets. “The Vietnamese furniture market is poised for tremendous global growth and QUATEST3 is an ideal partner for UL to develop a local laboratory,” said Alberto Uggetti, vice president and general manager, UL Environment. [...]

UL Environment Receives Approval as CARB Third Party Certifier

Marietta, GA. April 19, 2016 – UL Environment, a business division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, today announced that is has received approval as a Third Party Certifier (TPC) for the California Air Resources Board (ARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM). As a result, UL Environment is authorized to test and assess composite wood panel products for compliance to the CARB regulation which limits the amount of formaldehyde that can be emitted from hardwood plywood, particle board and medium density fiberboard. [...]

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. [...]

UL Sustainability Certifications Recommended by EPA for Federal Purchases

The EPA has released an interim recommendation list of specification standards and ecolabels that are approved for use by federal purchasers.  We are happy to share that UL Environment’s GREENGUARD and ECOLOGO standards, as well as other standards UL Environment certifies to such as BIFMA level, NSF 332, and EPEAT, are referenced for a variety of building materials, furniture, custodial products, and electronics. The president’s recent Executive Order 13693 requires that 95% of all federal purchasing be environmentally preferable products and services that meet these standards. [...]

UL Sustainability Certifications Recommended by EPA for Federal Purchases

The EPA has released an interim recommendation list of specification standards and ecolabels that are approved for use by federal purchasers.  We are happy to share that UL Environment’s GREENGUARD and ECOLOGO standards, as well as other standards UL Environment certifies to such as BIFMA level, NSF 332, and EPEAT, are referenced for a variety of building materials, furniture, custodial products, and electronics. The president’s recent Executive Order 13693 requires that 95% of all federal purchasing be environmentally preferable products and services that meet these standards. [...]

Join UL in Jasper, IN, for a National Manufacturing Day Event on October 1st

Manufacturing Day is designed to expand the community’s knowledge and improve the general perception of manufacturing careers and the value they add to our economy. There are over 1500 events throughout the country to celebrate for Manufacturing Day and modern manufacturing. At Vincennes University in Jasper IN, there is a Manufacturing Day event that will showcase several local manufacturing companies who will be illustrating the intricacies of their products. [...]