Earning Our Marks: A Critical Part of the Atkore Mission
Conformity Assessment is a critical foundation component of the Atkore mission statement and its successful implementation. Many of our product lines are required to comply with a product standard that is used in building or other installation codes in North America.
This system allows for the safe and effective use of our products. As processes change and new and improved products are developed, Conformity Assessment provides the direction and assurance that Atkore products will meet or exceed the requirements for safe installations.
The marks referenced in the title are provided by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Edison Testing Labs (ETL), Factory Mutual (FM), and the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF).
- UL is a global leader in testing, inspection, certification, auditing and validation. The UL Mark is the single most accepted Certification Mark in the United States, appearing on 22 billion products annually.
- The CSA mark on your product demonstrates to your customers, whether they are consumers, retailers or end users, that a sample of the product has been certified to applicable standards including standards written or administered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), CSA Group (CSA), NSF International (NSF), and other North American and global organizations.
- FM Approvals’ certification marks shall be used only on FM Approved products in accordance with the product listing requirements.
- The ETL Listed Mark is proof that your product has been independently tested and meets the applicable published standard.
- NSF certification mark assures suppliers, retailers, regulators and consumers that an independent organization has reviewed a product’s manufacturing process and determined that the product complies with specific standards for safety, quality, sustainability or performance.
All of these agencies are Nationally Recognized Testing Labs or NRTL’s including Canadian Standards Association. These marks are recognized universally but are primarily focused or used on the North American continent.
Third-party certification means that an independent organization has reviewed the manufacturing process of a product and has independently determined that the final product complies with specific standards for safety, quality or performance. This review typically includes comprehensive formulation/material reviews, testing and facility inspections. Most certified products bear the certifier’s mark on their packaging to help consumers and other buyers make educated purchasing decisions.
What they all do is provide an avenue for the end user to accept countless Atkore product lines by assuring our customer base that what they are buying is approved for specific use through continued third party certification and product standards.
The Atkore family of companies and employees take pride in applying every label or mark to its products that require independent verification and listing for safe installation and use across the world.
The control and use of those marks belong to the agencies that produce them. Our Atkore family of companies earned the right to use them in conjunction with our products and literature. In effect, every Atkore employee has pride in every mark as they know that Conformity Assessment is a critical foundation component of the mission statement and its implementation.