Value-branded products are everywhere. New companies seem to pop up overnight. How to tell the quality from the questionable? The reliable vs. the risky? Product certification is one of your best tools.
Buying on price and availability can expose users to avoidable risk. Product certification lets you know that a product is safe and reliable. It’s a benchmark for product quality. A guidepost leading you to reliable manufacturers.
Reputable companies work to minimize and eliminate risk. Product certification demonstrates their commitment to quality and safety. It affirms that products have passed specific performance and quality assurance tests.
Government purchasing standards usually require product certification. Businesses, schools, and other groups are following suit. The availability of low-cost, quick-to-market products is increasing. Making it more important than ever to affirm product certification.
Product Certification Signals Quality & Safety
Many electronic devices are well-made and reliable. Many others are made using shortcuts. With quick profits in mind. It can be difficult to tell the difference. Product certification is an important clue.
Products without certification marks may function as intended. (For a while.) But they’re more likely to be cheaply produced. Uncertified products are more likely to be made from sub-standard components. Components that would fail product safety and quality standards if they had been submitted for testing.
Confirming that electronic and computing products are certified:
- Safeguards health and safety
- Protects productivity and profit
- Ensures reliability
- Guards against liability
Health and safety. Electronic devices that qualify for product certification are safer to use. They’ve been tested to meet the highest standards for protecting user health and safety.
Productivity & profit. According to OSHA, providing a safe work environment saves companies money. Safe workplaces are more productive. Employees are more comfortable. And motivation and morale are higher.
Work-related injuries and illnesses sap company resources. They increase workers’ comp claims and retraining costs. They lead to lost work days and lower productivity. And they impair efficient delivery of products and services.
Liability. Using safety-certified products and components is often required by law. Government agencies are a case in point. Another example: the National Electrical Code (NEC), requires the use of UL listed products.
Product certification is a good idea even when it’s not required by law. Using a product tested and certified for safety reduces the risk of legal action. Product certification signals that a company has confidence in their product. And cares about customer safety. It protects against potential liability in the event an injured employee files suit.
Failing to use certified products can result in denial of insurance claims. Even when it’s not required by law. This can result in costly legal battles.
Reliability. Getting products certified is a lengthy, costly process. Certification marks identify whether a company is committed to the market. A certified product can be counted on to perform safely. It’s also a good bet that the company can be counted on for support, too. That’s important for ensuring reliable customer service in the long run.
NRTLs – The Product Certification Authorities
Meaningful product certifications come from legitimate, qualified test labs. This can be a government organization, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Most often, it’s a private, organization recognized as an authority in product safety.
Test labs are themselves “certified” by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA assesses and qualifies these la