UL Launches Premier Indoor Air Quality Services in China
Testing Center in Nansha, Guangdong Province, Helps UL Pioneer the Concept of Healthier Indoor Environments
UL Environment has opened a new indoor air quality (IAQ) testing laboratory in Nansha, China, to meet the need for environmentally preferable and low-emitting products in the Chinese market. This move follows an increasing demand in the Chinese market for a more environmentally sound and healthy lifestyle and furthers UL's global commitment to working for safer living and working environments.
UL's Nansha operations provide an array of testing equipment and services using state-of-the-art testing technology. UL's IAQ testing capabilities are new in China and include product emissions testing, chemical content testing, indoor air quality certification and advisory services. This testing helps manufacturers determine, assess and evaluate sources of pollution such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), aldehydes and phthalates in household electrical appliances, electronic products, furnishings and building materials.
The Chinese public has shown increased concern about air quality. Specifically, a greater demand for environmental consciousness has grown around products made by manufacturers and used by renovation contractors. Owing to rapid economic growth and increasing urbanization, people are now more likely to come into contact with or inhale an increasing number of chemical substances emitted by building materials, home furniture and electrical products in homes, schools and offices. Recent statistics from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that 92% of newly decorated flats contain excessive formaldehyde content and 76% contain five times more formaldehyde content than allowed. The need has never been more urgent to minimize the risk posed by products and materials to the human body.
Having studied the discharge of chemical substances from more than 75,000 different products from various industries, UL is able to identify more than 12,000 unique VOCs in the air people breathe. With our global database of chemical substances and global resources, including IAQ service laboratories as well as innovative technology, UL provides manufacturers, building experts, suppliers and purchasers with proof that their products are contributing to healthier indoor environments.
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