Safety Certifications

certify, validate, test, and inspect.


Certifications exist to ensure that products are meeting or exceeding the requirements of a region’s safety codes, while also ensuring that they meet the technological requirements necessary for their installations. This protects consumers against a range of issues, including electric shock, burns, and electric arcing.


Certification Bodies

UL

Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL Mark) is probably one of the most recognized ratings company in the US, Underwriters Laboratories is an NRTL that certifies, tests, and inspects wire and cable based on their Standards for Safety. These Standards are largely built off of the NEC articles written by the NFPA.


CE

A mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA) since 1985. The CE marking is also found on products sold outside the EEA that are manufactured in, or designed to be sold in, the EEA. It is in that sense similar to the FCC Declaration of Conformity used on certain electronic devices sold in the United States and Canada.

ETL

The ETL Mark is proof of product compliance to North American safety standards. Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) across the US and Canada accept the ETL Listed Mark as proof of product compliance to published industry standards. Retail buyers accept it on products they’re sourcing.


ROHS

A directive written and implemented by the European Union to prevent the generation of hazardous waste. Any cable that is compliant follows the guidelines listed by the EU under the Reduction of Hazardous Substances Directive, and contains no lead, cadmium, mercury, hexacalent chromium, polybrominated biphenysis, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers.

CSA

The CSA Group offers you global solutions for product testing & certification that help streamline your access to markets in North America and around the world. By choosing to work with CSA Group, you will benefit from our high level of technical expertise that comes from not only testing products but developing the standards they are tested against.

Certifications


General Purpose – Power-Limited Circuit Cables (PLTC), this is the rating primarily used for your multi-conductor, stranded cables such as alarm wire, speaker wire, and control cables.
Plenum – Designed for installation in a duct, a plenum space, or other spaces that will be used to transport environmental air without being enclosed in a raceway.
Riser – Designed for installation in a vertical shaft, or for installations where the cables will penetrate more than one floor.
Limited Use – Cables for limited use in unconcealed spaces where the exposed length of cable does not exceed 3.05m (10 feet).
General Purpose – In-wall rated cables designed to be installed where neither Plenum nor Riser cables are required.
General Purpose – In-wall rated cables designed to be installed where neither Plenum nor Riser cables are required.
Designed for all in-wall and riser applications that do not include plenum or other air-handling spaces.
Outdoor – This cable has been designed and tested for use in outdoor locations. Before approval, this cable goes through rigorous heat/cold testing as well as sunlight resistance on the outer jacket. Only a cable marked as Type CMX – Outdoor is designed for outdoor exposure.
Vertical Flame Test – This is the most basic CSA flame test rating, and is equivalent to the CM flame test ratings.
Vertical Flame Test – This is the most common CSA flame test rating, and is equivalent to UL CMR.
CSA Flame Test Rating – This is the most rigorous CSA flame test rating, and is equivalent to CMP.
Plenum – Designed for installation in a duct, a plenum space, or other spaces that will be used to transport environmental air without being enclosed in a raceway. Not for outdoor use or exposure to elements.