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US and Canadian Workplace Safety Regulations Require Safety Certified Electrical Equipment

OSHA and CAN/CSA require Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) Certification of electrical devices used in American and Canadian Workplaces — does your company's equipment comply?

OSHA safety regulations in the U.S. and CAN/CSA regulations in Canada require all electrical device models used in the workplace to conform to applicable safety standards. This means that the device must be submitted by the manufacturer to an OSHA Certified Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) such as UL, ETL or CSA for the specified certification testing.

HEPA filtration devices such as portable air scrubbers and axial and centrifugal air movers must conform to the UL507 “Fans and Blowers” standard. Devices with plastic cabinets (enclosures) that contain energized electrical components must be NRTL certified to conform to UL flammability standards (typically UL94HB) as well.

The sad fact: a significant number of the HEPA filtration devices, air movers and other devices sold and in wide use today are not NRTL certified. This problem appears to be particularly prevalent with devices imported from Asia, but applies to some products made right here in North America as well. It’s possible that some of these products might comply if submitted to and tested by an NRTL, but it appears likely that at least some would fail.

It costs money to design and build products that can conform to these safety standards. Uncertified devices may be available at a lower price, but isn’t that like playing Russian roulette? Without the proper safety certifications how can you possibly know whether or not the product is safe? With all that could be at stake is the chance to perhaps save a few bucks up front a risk that you can really afford to take?

At Abatement Technologies product safety is one of our paramount concerns. That’s why each and every Abatement Technologies portable air scrubber and air mover model sold in the U.S. has been tested by Environmental Testing Laboratories (ETL) and certified to conform to UL507. All models made with polymer cabinets have also been ETL tested and certified to conform to stringent UL94HB flammability standards.

All NRTL certified products must have an NRTL certification label attached to them to show that they are compliant. It might be a good time to take a few minutes to inspect your equipment and check for the labels. If they are not there it might be time to call your supplier and find out why. Or, it might be time to look for another brand that is certified.