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Furniture Test Equipment Upgrade Option Provides Path to Greater ROI

Discover how UL helps manufacturers make the most of their investments in furniture testing equipment with an upgrade option that extends the life and usefulness of equipment. For furniture manufacturers that have invested significant capital in equipment to test their products’ quality, safety and performance, it’s important to make the most of their investment. While many of these devices continue to adequately evaluate new furnishings through the simulated application of force, pressure and other real-world use conditions, the newest versions of furniture testing devices offer intuitive user interfaces and streamlined connectivity that legacy versions lack. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]