In the HVAC and Commercial Refrigeration industries, you will see a lot of acronyms. And it starts right away with HVAC–Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning. We receive a lot of questions regarding those acronyms and what they mean, so we’re going to break it down for you!
NSF stands for National Sanitation Foundation. They provide services such as standards development, testing, certification, auditing, inspection, consulting, and training services for companies in food, water, and consumer products industries, among others. In most states and counties within, a product must have the NSF seal of approval, otherwise it cannot be used. They can provide a business with the Global Food Safety Initiative certification, the Marine Stewardship Council certification, and organic and gluten-free certification through QAI (Quality Assurance International). As we mentioned, in the most of the United States, foodservice equipment, nonfood compounds, and bottled water/beverages, must receive that NSF seal of approval to be sold or used in commercial establishments. Therefore they have to conform to the NSF commercial food equipment standards.
UL stands for Underwriter Laboratories, which is a testing laboratory of products and materials and worldwide safety consulting and certification company. UL works with everyone from manufacturers to retailers to service companies to consumers. They provide safety-related certification, testing, validation, auditing, inspection, advising, and training services to a variety of clients. UL is also approved by the U.S federal agency OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to perform safety testing.
Tune in to the blog next week for an explanation of why our employees are EPA certified and why that’s important!