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Communication Feature | October 2014

UL is creating new and important ways to make the world safer

Peeyush Gupta, Director, Sales and Marketing, South Asia (UL), speaks on the products and services that his company offers.

How can a culture of workplace safety be inculcated in an organisation? How can UL help corporates achieve the same?
For a safety culture to be successful, it needs to be embraced and practiced by key decision makers within the organisation. By developing a culture of trust and encouraging open and informed conversations about safety, leaders can create an environment where workers have a positive attitude toward safety and empowerment to transform unsafe behavior in others.

UL Workplace Health & Safety understands the risks and demands of the modern workplace. UL interacts with customers to understand their business needs, offering software solutions to help improve operational and financial performance through strong health and safety programs. Across industries and markets, they collaborate with risk managers, safety directors, HR managers, training managers and healthcare professionals to provide analytical, learning and reporting tools required for success.

Your company has been an accredited auditor for plastic recycling globally. Is there any such activity that you conduct in India?
India is a country where the regulations for plastics-recyclers and recycled-plastics is yet to evolve. However, the recycled-plastics program outlined in the UL 746D standard helps to ensure consistency across production batches and minimum performance levels in plastics using post-consumer recycled content. This is a test-based program that evaluates consistency and quality of plastic production batches containing post-consumer recycled content and thus ensures safe performance of plastics in electro-technical products.

Please give us more details on your registration scheme for electronic products.
Under the Electronics and Information Technology Goods Order, 2012 issued by the Indian Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEIT), 15 electronic products are required to be compliant with the applicable Indian safety standards and undergo mandatory registration before they are imported to, distributed, or sold in India.

To ensure that the requirements for compulsory registration are met with, UL´s laboratories accredited by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) offer testing services for the mandatory registration scheme for the following standards:

  • IS 13252:2010 (for Information Technology Equipment)
  • IS 616:2010 (for Audio/ Video Products)
  • IS 302-2-25:1994 (for Microwave Ovens)

UL also provides assistance in the completion of applications and other required forms, handles the entire submittal process from testing to working with local agencies to provide assistance with the registration services, provides pre-compliance testing during the design and development phase to determine compliance and gives periodical updates on the BIS mandatory registration scheme.

What schemes do you have for enhancing road safety, with specific reference to India?
Safety is one key issue which is understated in India. Statistics reveal that nearly 200,000 people die on roads every year in India which clearly displays the poor state of road safety. To address the issue of rising road accidents in India, UL recently collaborated with Ashoka Foundation to launch a campaign called ´Safer Roads, Safer India´. This campaign features a competition to crowd source citizens' ideas to enhance road safety where:

Six best ideas will be awarded prizes worth Rs 1.8 million and one of the chosen ideas will be implemented in Bangalore in partnership with the civic authorities and key stakeholders.
The campaign aims to identify the best solutions in the following categories.

  • Active Citizenship (e.g. innovative awareness campaigns)
  • Technology (e.g. use of everyday technologies like GPS and smart phones)
  • Policy and Governance (e.g. improving bystander response)
  • Smart urban design (e.g. better pedestrian facilities)

What are the testing solutions that you offer to the Indian photovoltaic industry?
UL provides a wide range of testing solutions to the photovoltaic industry. UL´s services are designed to help photovoltaic energy industry customers meet their demanding product launch dates while managing the risks that rapid innovation can bring to a project. UL offers a suite of PV plant services that helps owner-operators, developers, financiers, EPCs, insurers and manufacturers manage risks associated with building and operating a PV plant. Along with this, UL also offers a master certification program for manufacturers of turnkey PV production equipment, enabling them to offer pre-certified designs to their customers and significantly reducing the cost of PV module certification. UL is the first laboratory in India approved by MNRE to test various components such as PV modules, solar inverters, charge controllers and solar lighting systems.

You have just opened a consumer products testing laboratory in Shanghai. Do you have plans to open similar facilities in India?
With the increasing awareness around safety for consumer products, the need for a reliable safety and certification mark is gaining attention among manufacturers. To fulfill this increasing need gap, UL has developed a new testing laboratory in Gurgaon which specialises in the testing and certification of products including toys, leather, garments and textiles. The laboratory consists of state-of-the-art equipment which provides a world-class testing facility at par with global standards. Various kinds of testing including physical testing, performance testing, ecological testing and enhanced chemical testing can be carried out at this laboratory.

How can UL India help Indian exporters to deliver truly world-class products? How many business categories do you cover in India?
UL provides expertise across six strategic businesses to promote safe living and working environments around the world.

These include:

  • Commercial and industry
  • Life and health
  • Environment
  • Consumer aspect
  • Information and insights
  • Workplace health and safety.

UL businesses work closely with industries, authorities and customers to keep safety ahead of innovation in an evolving global landscape.

What is the concept of ´UL New Science´?
New Science is dedicated to mitigating risks and safeguarding innovation. Progress is an unstoppable, transformative force. New technologies, product advances and globalisation are arriving one on top of another at a dizzying pace. Innovation makes us more efficient, more productive and more connected. But there is a cost, and that cost is risk.

Through a variety of approaches, UL is creating new and important ways to make the world safer. This is the concept of ´UL New Science´.

New Science enables UL to meet the safety needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow. In the broadest sense, we define our role in creating and employing New Science to facilitate progress - keeping it on track, helping to mitigate risks and ensuring that the necessary protections are in place. UL delivers tangible safety results that benefit people, businesses and governments.

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