We believes in quality. To reassure our clients of the safety and quality of our products, we obtain UL Listings on our complete sign products. Wondering about this certification? Curious about how it safeguards quality? To learn the essentials, take a look at why it’s important for a sign to be UL Listed.
UL stands for Underwriters Laboratories, a nonprofit organization that was formed over 100 years ago. Recognized around the world, UL conducts safety testing and assesses quality standards for a range of products, particularly electrical products.
To become UL listed, manufacturers must submit to extensive examinations of their products and their processes. A highly trained representative from Underwriters Laboratories tests the company’s products to make sure that they meet quality and safety standards. The representative also looks over the manufacturing facility and assesses its processes to ensure that they meet essential quality criteria. Most importantly, these tests don’t just happen once. To maintain a UL listing or certification, manufacturers have to submit to quarterly reviews of their manufacturing facilities.
A UL listing provides third-party verification that a product meets a certain level of safety and quality standards. It also indicates that the company has high standards and is committed to creating quality products for its customers. Unfortunately, some manufacturers just throw products onto the marketplace without getting any third-party certifications or listings.
When a company takes the time earn these certifications, it indicates that they care about their customers and the quality of their products. If you see a UL label on a product, you can be assured that the product and the manufacturing process have been assessed.
Underwriters Laboratories does not grant certifications or listings easily. In fact, at one point, UL reported that of 25,000 pieces evaluated over 17,000 had deficiencies. In other words, about 68% of products that were checked by UL representatives didn’t meet safety standards due to fire risk, shock hazards, incorrect markings or misapplied components. When a product actually earns the right to bear the UL Listed label, you know that it has not passed an easy test. It’s been subjected to a rigorous review that not all companies can pass.
Products with this label don’t have a foreseeable risk of fire, electric shock, or related hazards in a division 2 / zone 2 environment.
If a product is UL Recognized, its label features a UL “UL Recognized”. This mark means the products have been tested as a component, and they meet safety and quality standards to be used in an end-product or system. For a product that you plan to use as-is you want a UL listed label, but for something that is going to be placed inside of a housing or used as a component, the UL Recognized label is sufficient.
No, consumers are not required to purchase signs that are UL certified. However it is very common (especially for businesses) to only purchase UL certified products to more confidently reduce the risk of damage, injury, fire, or other issues that can come from signs and other electrical products that do not meet UL Certification safety standards