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Intertek and SEI Partner for Testing and Certification of Fall Protection Equipment

June 5, 2009
Intertek, a global leader in testing, inspection, and certification, has announced that it has been selected as the independent testing laboratory by the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) to provide testing for the SEI Fall Protection Certification Program to ANSI/ASSE and CAN/CSA standard requirements.

SEI and Intertek created an alliance more than 18 years ago with a goal of protecting workers and consumers who rely on personal protective equipment. Since that time, Intertek and SEI have been testing and certifying structural firefighting boots, gloves, helmets, and SCBA equipment, among many other safety and protective products. With the addition of 3500 sq ft of expanded laboratory space and construction of a new SEI-approved drop tower, Intertek and SEI are committed to offering manufacturers a complete solution for their fall protection equipment testing needs.

"Adding Fall Protection Equipment to our current suite of testing programs with SEI gives manufacturers a complete solution for testing their personal protection equipment," says Gregg Tiemann, chief executive, Intertek Commercial & Electrical Products division. "The addition of this new service offering helps us provide clients with greater efficiencies in testing and certification and most importantly, enables the launch of potentially life-saving products to market faster than ever before."

Intertek is the designated testing laboratory for many SEI certification programs. Products are submitted for certification and are tested at Intertek's ISO 17025 accredited laboratory for a number of protective equipment product categories and associated standards. Intertek's experts are members of organizations such as NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and participate on their standards writing committees. The Cortland, NY laboratory is equipped with a state-of-the-art protective equipment facility for complete, accurate and repeatable test results.

For more information, visit www.intertek.com.