* When purchasing a space heater, look for the UL label
For manufacturers, UL label
represents the most convincing and authorized indicator of product safety around the world.
The topics at a lighting conference can be as varied as an Underwriters Laboratories representative's experience creating the UL label
for the very first LED luminaire, to a lobbyist who works throughout the country to assist with legislation on lighting-related matters.
For example, many customers look for the UL label
on products they plan to purchase, as I did for the decorative light strings I purchased during the past holiday season.
I mentioned that we might run only half a dozen of a specific model in a year, which causes forecasting nightmares for our label vendors, since we have the month and year of manufacture on the UL label
. So you can imagine the jumping through hoops that has to be done if an order comes in close to the end of the month for something we don't run very often."
Any UL-listed cord will carry a UL label
near the female end.
(Things are not as simple as looking for the UL label
The UL label
appears on 19 billion consumer products a year, advising consumers that the items are not considered to carry a risk of electric shock or other problems.
Because UL technicians often frequent the off-site factories, off-site procedures typically receive the UL label
of application approval.
At stake is the right to put the little UL label
on the product when it goes up for sale.
The mere presence of a UL label
does not demonstrate that a product is safe." (5)
Placement of a UL label
is voluntary for manufacturers while CE mark placement is mandatory for manufacturers to offer products for sale or distribution in the European Union.