Do you use electrical products in your operations? Who doesn’t, right? Have you ever stopped to consider what sort of liability you might be held to if these products failed? If you haven’t, then this article can clue you into some interesting information. If you have, perhaps you should read on anyway.
Non Certified Electrical Products
What’s in a certification? Well, if you’re working with electrical products, then there’s a lot. The idea of using electrical devices that haven’t been held to any third-party standard should concern us. If it doesn’t, then perhaps we’re putting too much trust in the manufacturer. True, there are great companies out there manufacturing great products, the sort of companies that we can trust, but guess what? They’re the kind of companies that get their products certified.
Does your business or facility answer to OSHA standards? If so, you’ll want to keep something in mind. OSHA safety standards for electrical equipment are as follows: Approved and acceptable equipment is defined in two ways. Either it is certified by an NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory), or else it is the kind of product or equipment that NRTLs don’t certify. If the equipment isn’t certifiable under an NRTL, then to meet OSHA standards, it must be proven to have been inspected and tested by another federal agency. If not federal, then it has to be represented by a state, municipal, or other legal authority responsible for compliance with occupational safety.
In other words, OSHA doesn’t consider any electrical equipment safe that doesn’t use legitimate third-party verification and certification. If you’re using non-certified electrical products then the safety hazard and failure rate could be a real gamble. What’s more, if you end up with an incident, you could find yourself answering to OSHA on the matter. However, there is an easy solution to this dilemma, and it’s this: don’t buy or work with non-certified electrical product. It’s not worth the risk.