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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. [...]

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 Introduces UL 4041 to Provide Rigorous Outdoor Furniture Safety Certification Document that Helps Advance Product Quality, Mitigate Risk

MARIETTA, GA., October 16, 2018 — In response to a growing number of incidents and injuries that occur each year with outdoor furniture usage, UL today announced the development of a rigorous science-based safety certification document for outdoor furniture to help retailers and consumers identify safer furniture. Data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission reveals that nearly three million outdoor furniture products were recalled between 2016 and 2018 due to safety risks and problems. [...]

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. [...]

Join UL’s presentation: Test Machines Data Acquisition Capabilities at HFMSE (Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo)

July 18 – 2.15 – 2.45 pm - Exhibitor Presentation Pavilion – TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC, USA. [...]

NeoCon 2018 Wrap-Up

A rainy week did not prevent an endless flow of attendees from all over the world to be at this year’s NeoCon, held June 11-13 in Chicago. From furniture manufacturers to architects and designers, our vast furniture solutions were showcased through productive conversations, informative marketing collateral and a unique booth presence. Here’s some highlights: Architects and designers well received SPOT’s new features including  “My Projects” which helps create custom project boards and connects design team members in a virtual workspace; enhanced search functionality through tags, bookmarks and saved searches. [...]

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. [...]