> View the bill in its entirety Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is an independent, not-for-profit product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for over a century. ###"> UL announces certification program for Annex G of ANSI/NSF 61 - WaterWorld

UL announces certification program for Annex G of ANSI/NSF 61

Sponsored by

• Program will help manufacturers of plumbing-related products demonstrate low-lead content

NORTHBROOK, IL, Apr. 22, 2009 -- Underwriters Laboratories (UL) announced it is now providing manufacturers of plumbing related products certification to Annex G of ANSI/NSF 61.

Annex G is an optional evaluation method for products to demonstrate less than 0.25 percent weighted average lead content. For manufacturers to comply with this standard, products exceeding 0.25 percent weighted average lead content will have to be re-engineered or new products will need to be developed to replace them.

"UL is aware that test protocols recognized by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and required in Assembly Bill 1334 are absent from Annex G," said Jeff Smith, General Manager, UL Global Water Business. "Confusion around the regulation is apparent so we have developed a course of action to help manufacturers quickly and smoothly navigate the compliance process."

In addition to offering the certification to Annex G, UL is creating a separate certification program for low-lead compliance that will include testing of metal alloys to demonstrate compliance to AB 1953. This program will help manufacturers with products that are required to demonstrate compliance with the California law, but are not covered by or specifically included in ANSI/NSF 61. This program will also give manufacturers the option of demonstrating compliance with the law using a means other than Annex G.

An additional benefit of this standalone program is that UL can include testing protocols as soon as they are recognized by the DTSC, rather than waiting for adoption of the protocols into Annex G.

"UL is currently participating in round-robin testing with other manufacturers and certifying bodies in order to establish a clear, reproducible, and scientifically sound approach to demonstrating compliance with AB1953, but there is no guarantee that the California DTSC will recognize the methods," said Smith. "In the event that testing protocols and methods are added to Annex G of Standard 61, UL will be fully prepared to immediately offer this service."

For more information, please contact Tom Bowman at 847-664-3796 or thomas.a.bowman@us.ul.com.

>> View the bill in its entirety

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is an independent, not-for-profit product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for over a century.

###

Sponsored by

TODAY'S HEADLINES

Construction of first tunnel under SF Bay completed; provides reliable drinking water source

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has joined with Dave Pine, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, to celebrate the completion of the first tunnel under San Francisco Bay at the location where the first Hetch Hetchy water enters Crystal Springs Reservoir.

India desalination plant to receive high-capacity ultrafiltration technology

Ultrafiltration membrane technology specialist inge GmbH recently secured the largest project in the company's history and will supply high-capacity UF technology for a desalination plant in the city of Jamnagar, India.  

Article discusses nation's connection to water, pricing schemes, steps toward sustainable future

A new article explores the nation's vital connection to water amidst a backdrop of crumbling infrastructure, significant waste and ongoing droughts. It examines the history of pricing schemes and the role of agriculture and presents a series of steps to a sustainable water future.

U.S. Water Alliance now accepting nominations for 2015 U.S. Water Prize

The U.S. Water Alliance has officially announced that it is now accepting nominations for the 2015 U.S. Water Prize.  

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA