Like a UL Listing, an ETL listing is proof of product compliance with official quality and safety standards. ETL, which stands for Electrical Testing Labs, is administered by Intertek, a global quality assurance provider. It ensures that an electrical product has been tested, inspected, and is safe for the public, as regulated by the U.S Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
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Even though manufacturers are not required to have their products tested by either UL or ETL, many are moving towards more ETL certifications due to their expedited certification process.
How do I know if my product is ETL Listed?
Look for the ETL logo on the package or label! If you cannot find it on the label, the product is not ETL Listed, and may have been certified through a third-party certification program.
What is the difference between ETL and UL Listings?
There is NO difference between the two. Both UL and ETL listings are similar in that, they make sure that the product has met the minimum requirements of product safety standards. ETL, however, has a much quicker certification process.
When is a ETL listing required?
A UL or ETL listing is required by most commercial building codes. However, manufacturers are not required to have their products tested by either UL or ETL. The true legal requirement is that the third-party laboratory which performs the testing be Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) by the U.S Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Consumers should note, however, that purchasing an unlisted product can be dangerous and can cause serious injury or death. It is recommended that when purchasing electrical products, you ensure that they have been certified by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory. This means that they have been tested and meet the quality and safety standards to sell to the public.