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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. [...]

Grand Opening Covered by Grand Rapids Press

On September 2nd, 2015, our grand opening was held in Holland, MI. We were pleased to have local business and furniture industry participants join in the celebration. On September 14, 2015, Grand Rapids Press covered the event in their article, Safety testing giant opens flagship furniture lab in West Michigan. [...]

Grand Opening Covered by the Grand Rapids Business Journal

We held our grand opening and ribbon cutting in Holland, MI on September 2nd, 2015., joining local businesses and furniture manufacturers in celebrating our North American Center of Excellence. Our event was also covered by local news sources. [...]

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. [...]

FTC Cracks Down on Deceptive Certification Marks: Is Your Certification Communicating Credibility or Could it Land You in Hot Water?

In a groundbreaking statement, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has underscored that all certification marks are not created equal – sending a powerful message to manufacturers and certifiers about the role of vague ecolabels in Greenwashing. [...]