What does it mean to be certified?
For years, electrical appliances and small equipment have been eligible to bear the appropriate listed mark(s) after testing and certification. It was the government’s way of providing consumers with confidence in the safety of manufactured products.
The most popular certification markings were Underwriter Laboratory (UL) in the US.
While the government doesn’t perform the actual product testing, test procedures are heavily scrutinized and endorsed by federal agencies under OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.7. Additionally, there are now other testing laboratories besides UL and CSA that have been approved by OSHA – the government’s “watch dog” – who can certify a wide range of products.
Today, consumers and businesses alike can be assured that they are purchasing an automatic parts washer built for safety when they see the “ETL” and “cETL” listed markings.
Intertek Testing Services (ITS) is the world’s largest product and commodity testing organization used to certify Cuda equipment.
Why buy only certified equipment?
There are many reasons businesses will want to buy only equipment certified to safety standards by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), such as UL or, in the case of Cuda, ITS. Cuda Automatic Parts Washers have been certified to conform to both UL STD 1204, and in Canada CSA STD CSA C22.2 #68.
Here are three most important ways certified equipment can protect you and your company:
Legal Compliance: It is now law, according to OSHA regulation 1910.399 that electrical equipment in the workplace must be “listed” by an “approved” testing agency. Failure to comply can result in severe penalties.
Worker Protection: It makes good business sense to offer your workers a safe environment by providing them with only the safest of equipment.
Liability Protection: In the day of costly litigation, one of your best legal protections against an accident on the job is to purchase only equipment that has been certified by a NRTL to the most rigorous of safety standards.