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How to contact a nationally recognized testing laboratory

Posted: May 7, 2018

Fire and building officials are confronted from time to time with the need for professional product, equipment, process or chemical testing, inspection and evaluation services. The model codes refer to the term “nationally recognized” testing laboratories, but give little selection guidance.

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) maintains a list of its “nationally recognized testing laboratories.” The labs on its list may be retained to determine that specific equipment and materials meet consensus-based safety standards. They can provide the assurance that these products are safe for use in the U.S. workplace.

Testing laboratories selected from the list also may be used to evaluate products, equipment, processes, materials or chemicals to verify compliance with model building and fire codes and standards. The code official has the authority to approve a testing laboratory from this list or other test facilities not on the list.

OSHA nationally recognized testing laboratories

Testing laboratoryPhoneWebsite
Applied Research Laboratories, Inc.305-624-4800www.arl-test.com
Bay Area Compliance Laboratories408-732-9162www.baclcorp.com
Canadian Standards Association416-747-4000www.csagroup.org
Curtis-Straus LLC978-486-8880www.bureauveritas.com
FM Approvals LLC781-762-4300www.fmglobal.com
International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials EGS909-472-4100www.iapmo.org
Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc.847-439-5667www.intertek.com
MET Laboratories, Inc.800-638-5227www.metlabs.com
Nemko North America, Inc.760-444-3500www.nemko.com
NSF International734-827-6837www.nsf.org
QAI Laboratories, LTD604-527-8378www.qai.org
QPS Evaluation Services, Inc.416-241-8857www.qps.ca
SGS North America, Inc.770-570-1800www.sgs.com
Southwest Research Institute210-684-5111www.swri.org
TUV SUD America, Inc.978-739-7000www.tuv-sud-america.com
TUV SUD Product Services GmbH+49.89.5008.4335www.tuev-sued.de
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.847-272-8800www.ul.com

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Action step to learn more about testing laboratories

OSHA’s Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory Program recognizes private sector organizations that can perform certification to make sure products meet the requirements for construction and general industry OSHA electrical standards. For additional information on how OSHA recognizes testing laboratories, visit the OSHA website.

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