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1. TRUE or FALSE?
Underwriters Laboratories Inc., commonly
known as UL, is a government agency.
in the U.S. believe this to be true. In fact, UL is a private, non-profit
organization and not a government agency. UL is recognized as an NRTL
by OSHA under 29 CFR 1910.7 and has exactly the same status as the
18 NRTLs recognized by OSHA under the NRTL Program.
2. TRUE or FALSE?
UL is a part of OSHA.
stated above, UL is a private, non-profit organization and not a part
of OSHA or any other government agency. UL is recognized as an NRTL
by OSHA under 29 CFR 1910.7 and has the same status as the 18
NRTLs recognized by OSHA under the NRTL Program.
3. TRUE or FALSE?
In the United States, only Underwriters
Laboratories Inc. can test products and equipment for safety in the
FALSE. There is a common misconception
in the United States that manufacturers must use UL testing facilities
when testing for compliance to U.S. electrical standards. In fact, many
people mistakenly believe that UL is a government agency or a part of
OSHA. This is not true. Like 17 other third-party testing facilities
recognized by OSHA under 29 CFR 1910.7, UL is only one of the 18 Nationally
Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTLs) recognized by OSHA to perform
this testing and product certification activity. This "recognition",
granted by OSHA under 29 CFR 1910.7, allows any NRTL to test products
to its recognized "scope" of testing, meaning that all NRTLs
recognized by OSHA are equal.
4. TRUE or FALSE?
NRTLs are government agencies.
FALSE. Many in the U.S. believe that
OSHA testing facilities or other government agencies conduct the testing
and certification of products and equipment for use in the workplace.
This is false. The fact is that this testing is done by independent
third-party testing and certification organizations. OSHA only operates
the program that "recognizes" these independent third-party
5. TRUE or FALSE?
OSHA dictates to manufacturers which
NRTL they must use.
FALSE. While OSHA "recognizes"
organizations as NRTLs under 29 CFR 1910.7, it does not dictate to manufacturers
which NRTL they must use. In fact the opposite is true. OSHA "recognizes"
multiple organizations as NRTLs to create a competitive environment
so that the manufacturers have a choice of which NRTL they utilize.
Manufacturers can choose any NRTL, with the appropriate "scope",
to show compliance with US, UL, ANSI and other OSHA recognized standards.
OSHA considers all NRTLs recognized under 29 CFR 1910.7 to be equivalent
in their "capability" to certify to the standards in their
scope of recognition. OSHA does not dictate to manufacturers which NRTL
they must use.
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