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Vartest Approved Under Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Data Acceptance Program

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Vartest Laboratories conducts testing of high-visibility safety apparel (HVSA), including garments, retroreflective tapes, and background materials for a range of global standards.  This includes ANSI/ISEA 107, CSA Z96, ISO 20471, ASNZS 1906.4, and NFPA 1971.

As of August 2016, Vartest is certified to participate in Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL) Third Party Test Data Program (TPTDP). Under this program, test data from Vartest will be accepted by UL in support of UL Mark certification.  Vartest’s scope of testing under this program applies to UL’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Standard, Including ISEA 107, CSA-Z96, and NFPA 1971. These standards cover compliance of high-visibility garments, background materials, and retroreflective tapes.

UL’s typical certification process requires samples to be tested and approved through one of their own laboratories. This means that manufacturers and vendors seeking a UL Mark for one of their products must test and approve samples for compliance, and then have them tested a second time by UL themselves. When working with a TPTDP participant, however, only one round of testing is necessary, as the participant’s data is accepted by UL. Per UL’s website, this alternative process provides “increased control over the timing and schedule for their product testing and certification program,” because testing, and approval can all be performed at one location. This can significantly reduce the time and expenses incurred during testing.

Vartest prides itself on being an independent third party lab focused on quick and accurate test results. Our ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation through A2LA makes us fully qualified to test under ANSI/ISEA 107-2015.

 

Vartest Featured in AATCC Newsletter

Vartest Laboratories is honored to appear in the August 21 edition of the American Association of Textile Colorists and Chemists’ official newsletter. As their website states, the AATCC is “the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals,” and “provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for thousands of members in 60 countries throughout the world.”

The article discusses the qualities and standards associated with high-visibility garments; in it, Vartest outlines the necessary laboratory qualifications and material parameters needed to ensure that high-visibility materials meet official standards.

High-Conspicuity Garment In Daylight Conditions

 

High-Conspicuity Garment In Nighttime Conditions

 

Vartest supplies in-house, comprehensive, competitive testing of fluorescent background material, retroreflective tapes, and high-conspicuity garments, providing third-party certificates demonstrating compliance with ANSI ISEA 107/207, EN471, CSA Z96, and AS/NZS 1096.4 specifications.

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