| CSA vs UL listing. |
Most of us are familiar with the UL listing seal of of Underwriters Laboratories found on most electrical equipment. This seal has become synonomous with quality and safety.
In Canada, the alternative is the the “CSA” or Canadian Standards Association. The CSA is certified by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a “Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory” (NTRL), just like Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
UL and CSA are now recognized by all federal, state, provincial and local authorities to test and certify product-safety in the U.S. and Canada. CSA marks mean a product has been tested and meets applicable standards for safety and/or performance, including the applicable standards written or administered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Qwiklok products are CSA general grade certified and CSA-US certified for use in United States. UL listing is currently in progress.
The following PDF documents provide additional information about accreditation and various acceptance of the CSA listing:
Accreditation granted to CSA International
Army and Air Force Exchange Service approval
City of Los Angeles approval
Ace Hardware approval
Best Buy approval
More acceptance information
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