UL Label Requirements & Certification Guide

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What is a UL Label?

UL Recognized Component Labels are labels that have met a permanence of marking criteria via testing (UL 969) that displays safety information on final products. Many UL Listed end-products require warnings, cautions, electrical ratings, installation information, and other types of safety-related information which are permanently affixed to the UL end-product. 

UL Label Requirements

Federal law does not require UL approval, but many companies will refuse to purchase and distribute without UL approval. There are two levels of UL certification that include Listing Certification and Recognition Certification. While UL Listing refers to the certification of a final product, UL Recognition refers to the certification of a component label that is build into a product. Types of UL Labels include:

  1. UL Listed – has been tested and certified to meet OSHA safety standards
  2. UL Classified – UL 969 certified
  3. UL Certified – also known as “Enhanced Mark Labels”

UL Label Considerations

To establish UL certification, manufactures must submit label products for testing and evaluation and label constructions must be suitable under specific Conditions of Acceptability which are outlined in UL 969. Considered is how well the label construction will permanently adhere to the UL end-product given various variables like:

  • Application surface
  • Indoor use
  • Outdoor use
  • Temperature
  • Presence of cooking oil, gasoline, etc.

Note that if the marks are added to safety-related information printed on the label it is called a Combination Label. 

Combination Labels

This occurs when a UL Certifications Mark is also printed on a Recognized Component Label. So, on a Combination Label, there is printed safety-related information and other information as well as the UL Certifications Mark.

Marking and Labeling System Compliance Guidelines

UL labels can be very confusing. We can eliminate the confusion and provide you with an approved construction that has been tested with those test methods prescribed in UL969 Marking and Labeling Systems.

Category NameRequirements and StandardsCategory Code (CCN)
Marking and Labeling SystemsUL 969 and/or CSA C22.2 No. 0.15PGDQ2
Marking and Labeling Systems — MaterialsUL 969 and/or CSA C22.2 No. 0.15PGGU2
Marking and Labeling Systems — Printing MaterialsUL 969 and/or CSA C22.2 No. 0.15PGJI2
PGDQ2 Marking and Labeling Systems

These compliant UL recognized component labels would be printed at our manufacturing facility and shipped to you. No other printing would be added to these labels.

PGJI2 Marking and Labeling Systems – Printing Materials

These compliant UL recognized component labels receive printing added by you via thermal transfer ribbon. (Please note we sell the ribbons which are UL compliant, as well as thermal transfer printers.)

What is the Difference Between UL Listed and UL Recognized?

When a product is UL Recognized it ensures the efficiency and safety of the machinery that has been tested to those test methods outlined in UL 969 Marking and Labeling Systems and certifies that a component in a larger mechanism adheres to UL standards. UL Listing refers to stand-alone products with specific functions that have been tested against UL’s safety standards. 

What Products need UL Labels?

UL approved labels are typically used in electronic applications, including household appliances and other consumer goods. Other industries that use UL certified labels include medical, industrial, and outdoor applications. Some common products to which UL certified labels can be applied include:

  • Lighting equipment, including light bulbs
  • Cooking equipment
  • Metal boxes that house electronic equipment, both outdoors and in industrial automation settings
  • Control boxes
  • Office furniture that contains electrical outlets
  • Luggage with charging stations
  • And many other applications

How do I Order UL Compliant Labels?

If you would like to save yourself a lot of TIME, and need a UL compliant label (UL Recognized Component Label) which has been tested to those test methods outlined in UL 969 Marking and Labeling Systems, please contact us and have answers to the following questions:

  • Will this label just bear (be printed with) the appropriate UL marks only? (No safety-related information printed on the label). 
  • What surface will the label be applied to?
  • Is the label for indoor or outdoor use or both?
  • What will we print on the label?
  • Will you be printing on the label via thermal transfer ribbon?
  • What temperatures will the label be exposed to?
  • Are there any special conditions the label will be exposed to? (Lubricating oil, gasoline splashing, cooking oil, high humidity, water, etc.…)

How do I get a UL Certification?

You can receive a certification for your product through UL. Label-Aid can not provide inspections or certifications for your products, but we can guide you through labeling them once they are certified. For more information on obtaining a certification from UL, visit UL’s certification service page.

UL Authorized Label Suppliers

Label-Aid Systems is part of the UL Authorized Label Suppliers Program (PGAA) which means we can meet all of your UL approved label needs, providing you with Recognized Component Labels, Certification Marks, or Combination Labels which are compliant. We know the conditions of acceptability and will guide you to a compliant solution.

To order your UL label, click the button below to contact us today! 

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