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UL and Wilger Testing Co., Inc. Join Efforts to Provide Safety Testing and Certification

The demand for safety evaluation and certification of commercial displays, point-of-sale items and motorized desks and other furnishings has significantly increased over the past several years. As local authorities and municipalities increasingly require manufacturers and retailers to obtain safety certification for these products used in public buildings, UL has involved strategic partners to meet the demand. UL has engaged Wilger Testing Co. [...]

Microbial resistance testing and why it matters to manufacturers

This is Part I in a series on Microbial resistance testing. Stay tuned for Part II on July 11. In our microbial resistance awareness series, we will explore in detail how microbial resistance testing is conducted and see examples of companies that have conducted this testing and the impact it has had on their business. [...]

UL Offers Industry’s First Certification Program for BIFMA Performance Standards

UL is now offering the first and only program that certifies that a product meets BIFMA performance standards for furniture. Now, furniture manufacturers can achieve certification from a trusted third-party certifier that demonstrates products meet industry performance and durability requirements. Certification allows you to meet a variety of purchasing requirements, such as GSA specifications, and use of the UL mark on your products and promotional materials. [...]

US Representative Bill Huizenga Visits UL Furniture Center of Excellence in Holland, MI

On Friday, May 6, U.S. Congressman Bill Huizenga, who represents the 2nd District of Michigan, visited UL’s Furniture Center of Excellence in Holland, Michigan. [...]

Looking to Achieve ATCM Compliance from an Approved CARB Certification Lab?

In order to sell a product containing composite wood in the state of California, compliance with the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) is required. Designed to reduce formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products and any finished products that contain them, the ATCM sets forth emissions limits for hardwood plywood (HWPW), particle board (PB), and medium density fiberboard (MDF). UL is an approved Third Party Certifier of the California Air Resources Board, meaning that UL is authorized to conduct inspections and testing to assess composite wood panel manufacturers’ products for compliance to the regulation. [...]

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. [...]