Meeting the challenges of 2020
2020 challenged the world to move at the speed of science. Many of our customers played vital roles in the battle against COVID-19. At UL, we supported our customers with expedited safety testing and certifications for medical devices, equipment and essential supplies, developed processes for virtual audits and helped businesses to safely reopen when the time was right. Learn more in our 2020 Annual Report by clicking the link.
Making an Impact
DYK that nearly 1 billion people live without electricity? That means more people live in darkness today than when the first light bulb was invented. At UL, we are committed to fulfilling our mission of making the world a safer and more sustainable place. In 2020, we partnered with Watts of Love to provide pro bono Certification and funding for a renewable solar-powered light to make an impact in the lives of people living in darkness. Learn more about the partnership by clicking the link below!
Pierre-Marie Doitrand, UL Senior Project Engineer
According to Pierre-Marie Doitrand, a senior project engineer, there’s no such thing as a “typical day” at work. UL's Wire and Cable division offers both challenges and opportunities, as is normal in any vocation, the difference being that he’s surrounded by colleagues who relish overcoming barriers. Learn more about how Doitrand is finding new solutions to solve stakeholder challenges by clicking the link below!
LaTanya Schwalb, UL Engineer
UL engineer LaTanya Schwalb is at the forefront of innovation, helping to define the performance and safety of large-scale battery energy storage systems. LaTanya recently shared her experience as an engineer, how she advanced in her career, and her thoughts on the importance of diversity in STEM fields. Read LaTanya’s interview by clicking the link below!
Dwayne Sloan, Director of Principal Engineering for UL's Built Environment
Dwayne Sloan, director of principal engineering for UL's Built Environment, discusses his extraordinary and motivating journey in a recent interview to help encourage the next generation pursue their interests in STEM careers. Read the interview by clicking the link below!
Diversity and Inclusion Report
UL’s mission to make the world a safer place cannot be achieved if any of the world’s thinkers are left out of the conversation. Click the link below to discover how UL is leading with action to support our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) commitments by reading our first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Report.
Push boundaries at UL
At UL, we encourage you to push boundaries, be actively curious and ask the tough questions — both in your day-to-day life and as you grow your career. Our focus on diverse and inclusive workforce empowers us to build a culture in which all employees are inspired to share their talents, ideas, passions and experiences and successfully continue our mission of making the world a safer place.
Fire Prevention Week
In 1903, we published our first Standard for Safety, titled “Tin Clad Fire Doors.” The doors were primarily used in public spaces such as warehouses, schools and hospitals. Fire doors are still used today and are a critical part of passive fire protection systems. They help protect lives by limiting the passage of fire, smoke and toxic gases. Click the link below to learn more about UL’s history in fire protection!
Infographic: Green Power for Your Home
Energy efficiency has been recognized as one of the most cost-effective ways of reducing energy consumption and pollution. This has become a serious consideration for consumers buying electronic devices and appliances. Our testing services help companies incorporate energy efficiency into the beginning stages of product design. Learn more about the benefit of energy efficient products by clicking the link below!
UL Canada Laboratory Celebrates 100 years
The last lab we are stopping at this month is in Canada! Established in 1920, UL is celebrating 100 years in Canada this year. In 2019, our Canada office opened a new building envelope lab, helping manufacturers, consultants, architects, and industry stakeholders install and test large envelope system on a year-round basis at the largest indoor facility in Canada. Learn more about our building envelope testing by clicking the link below!
UL Office in Dubai
Our Dubai office opened in 2009 and is helping customers with battery and energy storage testing in a range of industries including electric vehicles. Learn more about the future of electric vehicles by clicking the link below!
UL Carugate Office in Italy
This month, we’re taking a look at some of our laboratories around the world! First up is our Carugate, office. Located nine miles northeast of Milan, Italy, the Carugate office has been part of UL since 2003. The 3700 square meter facility is spread over two buildings and offers state-of-the-art equipment for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing. Learn more about our EMC testing by clicking the link below.
UL's Top 5 Trends in Innovation Safety
At UL, we help companies around the world innovate fearlessly and drive positive change by providing rigorous scientific testing and data-driven solutions. Learn more about the top five trends in innovation by clicking below.
Start Safe Playbook
We hope that you have stayed safe and well. To help our global colleagues navigate a new kind of workplace, UL has developed the Start Safe playbook, combining our collective expertise with guidance from leading health organizations. We are applying these best practices in what we believe is a safe, thoughtful and responsible manner at UL locations around the world as we return to work. Click on the link below to learn more about UL's Start Safe playbook.
UL Employees Sew Face Coverings to Help Keep Local Communities Safe
The rapid spread of COVID-19 quickly made wearing face coverings our ‘new normal’. Several UL employees dusted off sewing machines to make cloth face coverings for family, friends and their local communities. Click on the link below to learn more about how UL is keeping our communities safer.
Welcome Linda Chapin!
We are excited to welcome Linda Chapin to UL as the new chief human resources officer (CHRO). Chapin will focus on a 360-degree employee experience, which is built around the company’s mission to create a safer world. “I believe that empowering trust is the most important thing we can do for one another and I am honored to work for a company that is passionate about trust," said Chapin, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at UL. Click on the link below to see the full press release!
Earth Day 2020
On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, UL invites you to take action from home by using these energy-saving tips to reduce emissions. You can still make a positive impact while staying safe at home.
An important message from Jennifer Scanlon, UL President and CEO
"Safety is the heart of our mission and drives every decision we make. While the evolving coronavirus situation has presented new challenges, UL is well-prepared to continue to respond,” - Jennifer Scanlon, UL President and CEO. Click on the link below to read Jenny's full statement.
UL Fenestration Lab expert Dennis Anderson discusses thermal efficiency
UL has a 63,000 square foot fenestration laboratory located in Northbrook, IL that features a thermal chamber approximately 6700 cubic feet in size. The chamber has fans that create wind speeds up to 33mph and can be chilled down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows us to measure the rate of heat loss for windows and doors. Click the link below to learn more about expert Dennis Anderson's role in testing for thermal efficiency.
Explore UL's 2019 Sustainability Report
"I don’t believe there could be a higher purpose than endeavoring to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. In fact, our mission feels more alive and important today than ever before,” says UL’s CEO and President, Jennifer Scanlon. UL has published our first sustainability report as a call to progress a self-sustaining world. Explore it at the link:
Goldwind Builds North America's Tallest Wind Turbine
With over 500 experts, UL has worked on over 200,000 wind projects in more than 140 countries around the world. Last year, UL helped Goldwind, a wind turbine manufacturer, navigate various challenges including global supply chain complexities to build North America's tallest wind turbine. Click on the link below to learn how UL helped Goldwind build the tallest North American wind turbine yet!
Electronic Certification Program for the Electric Bicycle System
E-mobility innovations have multiplied in the past decade. UL has launched a new voluntary safety certification program for electric bicycle system. Panasonic became the first organization to certify to UL 2849. Click on the link below to learn more about a new safety certification program for the electric bicycle system.
Stay on top of wire and cable regulations
Are your wires and cables certified by UL? Take an inside look at how we test wires and cable to make sure they meet international, national and regional regulations. Click on the link below and learn how UL helps you stay on top of cabling and wire regulations here!
UL's Household Chemical Testing and Audit Services
UL’s household chemical testing and audit services help assure manufacturers and consumers that tested and certified cleaning products are safe. As a leading resource for household chemical products testing, UL offers quality assurance programs that help retailers and manufacturers boost confidence in the quality, safety, performance, and marketing claims of their detergents, scrubs, disinfectants, polishes, waxes, and wipes, as well as specialized and all-purpose cleansers. Click on the link below to learn more about how our household chemical testing and audit services can help certify that your products are safe.
Welcome Jenny Scanlon!
Scanlon, the new CEO and president of UL, is the first woman to serve in this capacity. “It is an honor to be joining UL as technological advances continue to drive dramatic changes in UL’s clients’ operations,” said Jenny. Read more and learn about Jenny by clicking the link below!
The Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding its reach into more of our lives through the connectivity and interoperability of our devices and appliances. With this connectivity comes convenience and power. Read more and learn how UL helps keep smartphones smart while in the car by clicking the link below.