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U.S. Field Inspections & Canada Special Inspections

Field evaluation of electrical equipment

Field Labeling and Inspection Overview

Throughout the United States and Canada, there are local electrical safety requirements. Since each Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) has the freedom to introduce its own electrical safety requirements, this means there could be numerous requirements for a single product, depending on where it is used or sold.

In many cases, local jurisdictions will not allow unlabeled equipment to be installed or used at manufacturing and commercial sites within their communities. Manufacturers with equipment which is in conflict with local electrical laws may not be allowed to use their equipment or, worse still, may even be fined and/or shut down by the Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA).

Field labelling is the process of inspection and application of a label onto a product to indicate that basic electrical and safety requirements are met for entrance into the North American market. In the U.S, testing for compliance must be performed by an authorized Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). In Canada, the equivalent process is known as Special Inspection and must be performed by an Inspection Body approved by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

Field labelling ensures that your business can capitalize on the huge potential of the lucrative U.S. and Canadian markets for industrial products. Conformance to the relevant inspection and field labelling requirements is a prerequisite for local authorities to grant permission for your equipment to be placed into service. A positive inspection result will enable the appropriate label to be applied to your product and thereby facilitate a smooth market entry.

We'll ensure you equipment meets applicable codes and standards

TÜV SÜD has the expertise and experience to provide you with field labelling services for the applicable codes and standards for the city and state (U.S.) or city and province (Canada) where your equipment is to be installed. We also offer other conformity and testing services to ensure your products meet the specifications and regulations of local authorities.

TÜV SÜD provides field evaluation and Field Label services for the electrical safety of machinery, medical devices, IT equipment, energy storage systems, laboratory test and measurement equipment, semiconductor equipment, complete systems and assemblies as well as most other types of equipment in most jurisdictions throughout the United States and Canada. Our expert engineers will provide on-site evaluation of your equipment, covering areas such as component and construction evaluation as well as basic safety testing to required standards.

TÜV SÜD can evaluate to a wide range of relevant safety standards, including most UL, NFPA, ASTM, ASME and ANSI certifications. Some of the most common standards we assess for are:

  • NFPA 79 - Safety of Industrial Machinery
  • NFPA 70 - National Electric Code
  • NFPA 496 - Purged and Pressurized Enclosures
  • UL 60950 - Safety of Information Technology Equipment
  • UL 508A - Safety of Industrial Control Panels
  • UL 987 - Safety of Electric Tools
  • UL 73 - Safety of Motor-Operated Appliances
  • UL 2601-1 - Safety of Medical Electric Equipment
  • OSHA 1926-555 - Standard for Safety of Conveyor Systems
  • ANSI MH 29.1 - Standard for Safety of Scissor-type Lift Tables

We’ll highlight and verify acceptable mitigation of potential hazard areas for improved product safety to reduce risk and give you peace of mind.

TÜV SÜD America Inc. and TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH are Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NTRLs). This means our facilities are independently judged as meeting the highest standards of electrical safety testing and field evaluation services, helping you to export with confidence throughout the United States.

The TÜV SÜD Field Label is widely recognized by AHJs, resulting in a smoother and faster approval process for equipment. TÜV SÜD ’s experts also perform on-site field assessment evaluations to NFPA, UL, ANSI and CSA requirements, assisting with compliance to OSHA requirements for listing and labeling of equipment.

Canada Special Inspections - CSA SPE-1000 & CSA SPE-3000

Throughout the Canada, the provinces and territories will not allow unlisted / unlabeled equipment to be installed or used at manufacturing and commercial sites within their communities. In many cases, manufacturers utilizing equipment in conflict with local electrical laws may be fined and/or shut down by the local electrical authority or may not be allowed to energize their equipment by the local electrical inspectors (red tagged).

The TÜV SÜD field/special inspection label is widely recognized by electrical inspectors for Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) resulting in assured and expedited acceptance of the equipment. TÜV SÜD performs field assessment evaluations to CSA SPE-1000 and CSA SPE-3000.

Types of equipment We Inspect

There are a range of scenarios involving electrical machinery in which field evaluation is applicable: from one-of-a-kind equipment, to existing equipment being relocated to a new facility, or to new or used equipment purchased without proper certification. The full list of equipment which will need to comply with the local safety requirements is as follows:

  • Custom-built equipment for special applications
  • Equipment manufactured on a non-repetitive basis
  • Equipment sold in limited quantities
  • Equipment not obtainable as "Certified" under a regular certification program
  • Equipment already installed and awaiting acceptance by the regulatory authorities
  • Complete systems or sub-assemblies
  • Field-evaluated equipment that has been relocated
  • Listed equipment that has been modified

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