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New Standard, UL 8802, for Ultraviolet Germicidal Products

Learn about the recent publication of UL 8802, the Standard for Ultraviolet (UV) Germicidal Equipment and Systems.

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January 10, 2024

The first edition of ANSI/CAN/UL 8802, the Standard for Ultraviolet (UV) Germicidal Equipment and Systems, was published on Nov. 16, 2023. This Standard was developed by UL Standards and Engagement (ULSE) and approved as a joint Canadian and United States (U.S.) National Standard by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the American National Standard Institute (ANSI).

ANSI/CAN/UL 8802 details requirements for the safety of UV germicidal equipment and systems with specific criteria to address the risk of personal injury to persons due to UV overexposure. The Standard should be used in conjunction with one of the safety standards noted below to address potential risks of electric shock, fire and personal injury due to factors other than UV overexposure.

  • CSA C22.2 No. 250.0/UL 1598, the Standard for Luminaires
  • CSA C22.2 No. 250.2/UL 2108, the Standard for Low Voltage Lighting Systems
  • CSA C22.2 No. 250.4/UL 153, the Standard for Portable Electric Luminaires

Scope of ANSI/CAN/UL 8802

This Standard is comprised of sections specifying different safeguards to mitigate UV overexposure based on product type:

  • Part 1 – UV germicidal equipment
  • Part 2 – UV emitter assemblies
  • Part 3 – UV germicidal systems
  • Part 4 – UV germicidal retrofit kits
  • Part 5 – contained UV germicidal equipment

ANSI/CAN/UL 8802 also includes several annexes with normative and informative requirements referenced in one or more parts of the Standard. For example, Annex F (informative) covers best practices for the installation of UV germicidal equipment. This annex recognizes that actual field conditions will vary from those used during the photobiological assessment and that a site assessment of potential UV hazards conducted by competent persons is critical to minimizing the likelihood of UV overexposure in the occupied space.

To purchase a copy of ANSI/CAN/UL 8802, please visit the Standards and Publications page. This site also includes ULSE’s complimentary digital view feature.


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