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This 'UL' Stands for 'Umlaut'

A safety organization with a new world, hands-on approach


Did you know you have options when it comes to safety certification?


Certification with the recognizable ‘UL’ label from Underwriters Laboratories has long been considered a benchmark for equipment safety in industrial settings. It’s worth informing our readers that the esteemed UL stamp of approval has at least one major alternative. Familiarize yourself with the umlaut, because TÜV SÜD could be an untapped oasis to streamline all your company’s safety chores. It might even make safety more interesting, if its past exhibitions and research are any indication.


TÜV SÜD's cutting-edge hydrogen testing laboratory near Munich, Germany.—TÜV SÜD photo


TÜV’s North American branch is now accredited as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), by OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in the United States, and as a Product Certification Body by SCC (Standards Council of Canada) in Canada.


German-based TÜV SÜD is instrumental in safety standards and codes across the international business community, but it also plays an extremely hands-on role for an organizational body. Its initiatives cover everything from explosion prevention—might it be dust, boiler, or lithium-ion battery-related—to optimizing machine designs for sustainable practices. And it doesn’t end there.


At the end of March, TÜV SÜD unveiled a hydrogen laboratory, exemplifying its commitment to the energy transition.


Despite its massive promise, hydrogen power places high demands on the component and product safety of tanks, valves, lines, sensors, pressure regulators, fuel cells and distribution systems. Catering to these needs, TÜV SÜD opened a cutting-edge hydrogen laboratory last year and has continuously expanded its capacities. The experts' knowledge of all country-specific relevant standards and guidelines ensures successful national and international market access.


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