Public safety has been UL’s core mission for over a century, uniquely positioning us to support manufacturers in their drive to create healthier products that are better for both the environment and people.
Products impact not only the natural environment, but also the built environment where people spend up to 90% of their time. UL offers a complete portfolio of services for manufacturers that wish to demonstrate or disclose the health attributes of their products, meet green purchasing or sustainable building requirements, provide transparency, or mitigate risk from complaints regarding product off-gassing and odors.
UL’s SPOT sustainable product guide helps purchasers identify products with a variety of sustainable attributes, as well as find products that comply with building codes and purchasing guidelines.
UL GREENGUARD Certification provides a competitive advantage in an increasingly muddled green marketplace by serving as a health-based differentiator. Products that earn GREENGUARD Certification have been scientifically proven to meet some of the world’s most rigorous, third-party chemical emissions standards, helping to reduce indoor air pollution and the potential health risks of chemical exposure. GREENGUARD Certification for respiratory devices
GREENGUARD Certification has been widely adopted as a trusted standard for low-emitting products. More than 400 green building codes, standards, guidelines, procurement policies and rating systems recognize or reference GREENGUARD Certified products. UL recently introduced GREENGUARD Certification for Medical Devices includes testing for VOCs, particulates, and leachables in condensate, as well as a complete risk assessment that models expected exposure during use. This certification standard was developed to be compliant with the ISO 18562 (Biocompatibility Evaluation of Breathing Gas Pathways in Healthcare Applications) series of standards.
UL recently introduced Wellness Certification for products, the first certification program that verifies products’ compliance with the WELL Building Standard, a program advancing health and well being in buildings globally. Products that are UL Wellness Certified are evaluated for criteria including product emissions, ergonomics and chemical and material transparency. UL’s Wellness Certification requires each product to meet the applicable preconditions listed in the WELL Building Standard, and can evaluate additional optimizations as requested.
Manufacturers can provide additional product health transparency with the Product Lens™ report, which delivers comprehensive hazard-based chemical information disclosure in addition to an exposure risk assessment. This means that buyers gain complete context and clarity by understanding whether or not a product is potentially hazardous during typical usage scenarios. An alternative to HPDs, the Product Lens report offers additional information that stresses the significance of chemical exposure during usage. UL developed the Product Lens Program to fulfill requirements for the Materials & Resources Credit for chemical disclosure in LEED v4, and to allow manufacturers to balance their financial and reputational risks, as well as offer product transparency and build trust with their customers.