SGS’s state-of-the-art testing facility in Suwanee, Georgia, USA, has been recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) able to safety test and certify luminaire used in hazardous locations.

The expansion in its NRTL scope to cover UL 844 is a further demonstration of the Georgia Laboratory’s site’s growing capabilities. It offers a full-range of services relating to domestic and industrial electrical and electronic products, including testing on:

  • Audio Visual
  • IT
  • Batteries
  • Wireless
  • Medical devices
  • Household products
  • Lighting
  • Products for hazardous locations

“The UL 844 addition to our global capabilities adds benefits for both our North American and global operations,” said David Chu, Global VP for CGR Electrical & Electronics.

The UL 844 standard covers fixed and portable lighting products that are installed and used in hazardous locations. Hazardous locations include oil rigs, mines, or any location where flammable liquids, vapors, gasses or combustible dust exists in large enough quantities to produce a fire or explosion.

Lights certified to UL 844 must also be tested against either UL 1598 or UL 8750 (LED) – the applicable standards for lighting used in ordinary locations. In the Georgia laboratory, SGS is able to test lighting against both the ordinary location standards and hazardous location standard.

OSHA’s recognition of SGS North America, Inc. as an NRTL signifies that the organization meets the requirements set out in 29 CFR 1910.7. Recognition means, “employers may use products approved by the NRTL to meet OSHA standards that require testing and certification of the products.”

The announcement of the expansion in its scope to include UL 844 certification was announced in a Federal Register Notice.

For further information contact:

Jedd Smith
Products for Hazardous Locations, Technical Manager
t: 770 570 1800

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