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Hazardous Locations

How can you be sure your electronic products are safe for use in hazardous locations?

If your business is involved in the manufacture of electronic products, it is essential that you ensure your products are safe. Risks are especially great when electrical equipment is used in hazardous locations, such as explosive atmospheres or areas where flammable gases, liquids or particles are present. Because of the increased risk involved, all electrical equipment sold for use in hazardous locations must comply with specific standards.

Prove your products are safe

The first step toward ensuring product safety is identifying and categorizing the hazardous locations where your electronic products will be used. Once you have done this, your products must be tested and certified. Certification is evidence they can be used safely in the hazardous locations specified.

Testing, certification and auditing in this field is a highly specialized area – subject to stringent standards and regulatory requirements. It is essential that you find the right partner, with the right combination of skills, expertise and experience, to guide you.

Our specialized experts have the knowledge and experience to oversee the process, ensuring that your electronic products fulfill the necessary requirements. Our Intrinsic Safety Services cover evaluation of hazardous substances, performance evaluations, label verification and safety testing.

Comply with global standards

To enable you to sell your products in the global marketplace, we offer certification services for product compliance to US, Canadian and European standards. The SGS North America mark serves as a symbol of compliance recognized by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), and International Accreditation Services (IAS).

United States

In the United States, we are accredited to provide certification to popular UL, FM and ISA standards, including:

  • Intrinsic Safety: Division 1
  • Non-incendive: Division 2 
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA): SGS test reports are accepted by MSHA under Part 6 for issuing certification of products to be used in mining environments. The MSHA program recognizes third party testing as an efficient option for manufacturers to save time and eliminate the cost of repeat testing

Canada

We are recognized by the Standards Council of Canada for the following product certifications:

  • Intrinsic Safety - Division 1 
  • Non-incendive - Division 2

Europe

We offer Atmosphères Explosibles (ATEX) Certification through a UK Notified Body. Our test data and reports are accepted for issuing ATEX certificates.

Contact us to learn more about getting your electronic products approved for use in hazardous locations.

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SGS North America Inc. - Consumer and Retail

  • Suwanee Laboratory
    620 Old Peachtree Road - SUITE 100
    Suwanee, Georgia, 30024
    United States
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