SGS, the worlds leading testing and certification service provider, has published advice to help manufacturers and suppliers understand US workplace regulations for electrical products.
SGS offers a comprehensive range of services to help manufacturers and retailers ensure their products comply with US government requirements, including those of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The SGS North America Listed Mark is a clear demonstration to retailers and consumers that a wide range of products, including power tools, household appliances, lighting, medical equipment, batteries, IT equipment, and audio-visual equipment, have been tested and certified in accordance with these requirements.
US workplace legislation requires all electrical products to be certified by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). NRTLs are independent testing laboratories that can test and certify workplace products, within their scope, and are recognized by OSHA, a division of the US Department of Labor. OSHA is charged with ensuring workplaces are safe. Their inspectors can enter premises that are considered unsafe and can close a business down with immediate effect.
One of the things an inspector will wish to see when entering a business premises is NRTL certification for all electrical products. According to the provisions in General Industry Standards (Part 1910 of Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations – 29 CFR Part 1910) an NRTL must approve 39 different categories of product before they can be used in the work environment. Product categories include everything from portable fire extinguishers to scaffolding. In addition, it also includes many electrical products that can also be used in the home cookers, hair dryers, power tools, food processors, coffee machines, computers, washing machines, etc.
OSHAs jurisdiction does not cover the domestic environment and so a product sold only for the domestic market does not, strictly speaking, need NRTL certification. However, in the modern world, and especially with the realities of the COVID-19 lockdown further blurring the line between work and home, it is advisable for all electrical and electronic (E&E) products to have NRTL certification as they could easily end up in the work environment and this may leave the employer, or even retailer, liable to future litigation.
NRTL certification demonstrates the product has been tested and certified to the relevant OSHA approved safety standard, as defined by bodies such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and UL. Each NRTL will have a different scope, depending on the specific safety standards for which it has received OSHA approval.
Certified products are issued with a certificate by the NRTL, which details the scope of the test standard that has been applied. In addition, every product that has been certified by an NRTL must bear that NRTL mark.
OSHA jurisdiction only applies to workplaces and so, when a business owner or manager is buying a product for their workplace, they should always check that it bears an NRTL mark. This provides assurance that the product is certified and therefore meets OSHA requirements.
Learn more about US workplace requirements an NRTL certification by reading SGSs article; Why NRTL Certification Matters for Electrical & Electronic Products in the US. [www.sgs.com/en/news/2020/06/why-nrtl-certification-matters-for-electrical-electronic-products-in-the-us]
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