Chemical Emissions Testing

Overview

As a global leader in the science of safety, UL evaluates products and materials to determine their impact on indoor air quality and, by extension, human health. Whether your products need to meet the emissions requirements of environmental certifications or regulations or you simply wish to have a better understanding of your products' potential impact on the indoor air for legal or risk assessment purposes, UL is your partner for developing healthier, lower emitting products.

Definition

Product chemical emissions testing uses dynamic environmental chamber technology to detect and measure the chemicals that a product emits. These emissions can pose a serious health threat to people, which is why it is critical to address product emissions in the research and development phase of the manufacturing process.

Benefits

UL's chemical emissions testing division has evaluated over 70,000 products and cataloged the presence of more than 10,000 chemicals that those products emit. Our state of the art technology allows us to measure chemicals from a wide range of products, including furniture, construction materials, consumer products, electronics and appliances, with the utmost precision.

UL plays a key role in developing global chemical emissions testing standards, enabling us to assist manufacturers in choosing the best test method to meet their market demands. We can partner with you from the earliest stages of the product design process to help you avoid costly errors.

Methods and Standards
Evaluates products against existing test methods and standards criteria, such as CA Section 01350, GREENGUARD test methods, ASTM D 5116, ASTM D 6670, ISO 16000-9, Blue Angel, DIBt’s Ü mark, AgBB, Natureplus, EN 16738 Candle Emissions Testing, the EU Eco Flower, GEV-Emicode, CE, the Golden M, QUL, the Cork logo, Naturtextil, Organic textile Label, Öko Control, AFSSET, French A+ label, and BIFMA.

Exposure Risk
Assesses products for their contributions to chemical exposure, develop comprehensive evaluations and testing data for regulatory compliance needs.

Odor Assessment
Identifies product odors and sources against an extensive database of odorants, irritants, their thresholds and descriptions.

Ultrafine Particle Studies
Provides manufacturers with ultrafine particle emissions data to fulfill requirements for ECMA 328, ISO 28360, and Blue Angel RAL UZ-122 for print devices.

Air Sampling Analysis
Building owners, facility managers, and third-party consultants resolve IAQ concerns in a variety of environments with general analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), microbial VOCs, aldehydes, and other air pollutants.


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For more information on UL's product chemical emissions testing services, please contact us at 1.888.485.4733.


PRODUCTS THIS SERVICE APPLIES TO

Furniture/furnishings, electronics, cleaning/paper, juvenile, toy, building materials, chemicals & plastics

APPLICABLE STANDARDS

GREENGUARD Certification Standard is applicable for indoor products used in commercial environments
GREENGUARD Gold Certification Standard is applicable for indoor products used in educational, residential and healthcare environments

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