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#25683 - 05/15/03 11:08 PM I know UL, but what's SA?  
Electric Eagle  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
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Alpharetta, GA
I've noticed on a lot of electrical and even some plumbing items a little SA in a partial circle along with the UL symbol. I've never known what it stood for. Is it a European testing company or what? Just curious, thanks.

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#25684 - 05/15/03 11:27 PM Re: I know UL, but what's SA?  
frank  Offline
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Posts: 374
windsor ontario canada
Probably CSA or Canadian Standards Association.I hear that CSA has a department at UL where American made products are also being tested to meet Canadian standards allowing these products to be sent directy to the Canadian consumer with less government red tape.You know Free trade.

#25685 - 05/15/03 11:40 PM Re: I know UL, but what's SA?  
frank  Offline
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Posts: 374
windsor ontario canada
Canada is your biggest trading partner and you will start seeing CSA and cUL poping up more and more these days.Also the NEC and CEC code will be identical within the next 15 years.

#25686 - 05/15/03 11:47 PM Re: I know UL, but what's SA?  
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Posts: 1,691
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It's CSA for the Canadian Standards Association. It is a standards organization and also a NRTL:

From their website at :

Is the CSA mark valid across America?

Yes. CSA International is accredited by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). We test to the same American industry standards as other accredited laboratories, regardless of who authored or published the standard. CSA marks are recognized and accepted throughout America by federal, state and local authorities.

#25687 - 05/16/03 06:26 AM Re: I know UL, but what's SA?  
ThinkGood  Offline
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Milwaukee, WI
Here are some more International Approval Symbols .

#25688 - 05/16/03 06:33 AM Re: I know UL, but what's SA?  
sparky  Offline
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Posts: 5,303
Organizations Currently Recognized By OSHA as NRTLs:
Applied Research Laboratories, Inc. (ARL)
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
(also known as CSA International)
Communication Certification Laboratory, Inc. (CCL)
Curtis-Straus LLC (CSL)
Electro-Test, Inc. (ETI)
Entela, Inc. (ENT)
FM Global Technologies LLC (FM)
(also known as FM Approvals and formerly Factory Mutual Research Corporation)
Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc. (ITSNA)
(formerly ETL)
MET Laboratories, Inc. (MET)
NSF International (NSF)
National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTS)
SGS U.S. Testing Company, Inc. (SGSUS)
(formerly UST-CA)
Southwest Research Institute (SWRI)
TUV America, Inc. (TUVAM)
TUV Product Services GmbH (TUVPSG)
TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. (TUV)
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL)
Wyle Laboratories, Inc. (WL)

#25689 - 05/16/03 07:00 PM Re: I know UL, but what's SA?  
Electric Eagle  Offline
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Alpharetta, GA
Yep that's it. I guess that partial circle is a C. Now my curiosity has been fixed for the moment and I have some new knowledge. Thanks!

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