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UL Celebrates 100 years


New York, Sep 19, 2003

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in standards development. UL has published more than 880 Standards for Safety since 1903 – for products ranging from firerated building materials to information technology equipment to electrical household appliances. As part of its centennial celebration, UL is serving as a sponsor of the ANSI Annual Conference on October 1, and other World Standards Week activities, September 29 through October 2.

Robert A. Williams, UL’s director of standards, and Keith Mowry, manager of global accreditation services, are two of seven executives selected for an ANSI Meritorious Service Award in recognition of their outstanding service in enabling ANSI to attain the objectives for which it was founded through significant contribution to the U.S. voluntary standardization system.

According to Williams, the future of UL as a standards developer will rely on keeping pace with emerging technology, anticipating new challenges and market demands, responding with flexible and efficient processes for developing standards and remaining committed to UL’s historic mission of public safety.

UL’s first Standard for Safety – UL 10A for Tin-Clad Fire Doors – has expanded into the 886 current UL standards, each developed and maintained with input by UL engineers in conjunction with industry, government agencies, regulatory authorities, members of academia and consumer advocates.

UL continues to focus on its public safety mission by participating in more than 200 international technical committees, serving in leadership positions on many, in an effort to actively pursue harmonization of U.S. standards with international standards. These activities seek to provide safe products to the global marketplace and global market access for UL's customers. Millions of products and their components have been tested to UL Safety Standards, which increase users’ confidence in the UL Mark on a product and provides a safer environment.

For more information on UL Standards for Safety, visit www.ul.com/info/standard.htm or contact Robert Williams at +1-919-549-1977.

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