Healthcare, foodservice and educational institutions often have different requirements for lighting technology compared to residential or commercial facilities. One such requirement may involve additional testing to ensure food, water and consumer safety. Products that are certified by the NSF International are proven to withstand the most extreme environments.
Here we’ll discuss what the NSF International is and why choosing NSF-approved lighting is important in certain industries.
What is NSF International?
NSF International is an independent certification body that tests products to ensure consumer protection in applications where safety and quality are of the utmost importance. The organization was founded in 1944 as the National Sanitation Foundation, but changed its name to NSF International in 1990 as their interests expanded beyond sanitation. Today consumers, manufacturers and regulators look for the NSF certification as a standard for global health.
NSF Lighting Certification
NSF International provides lighting certifications for manufacturers whose products are used in industries where sanitation, structural integrity, and low air pollutant levels are essential. NSF-approved lighting products typically have designs and production methods intended to withstand abuse and avoid contamination of the area where the light is installed.
The NSF has approved a variety of lamps and fixtures for these applications. NSF certification provides a way for purchasers and consumers to know that a certain lighting product is of the highest quality.
NSF-certified lighting products are typically designed to reduce breakage and protect occupants from injury or contamination. They also have features designed to ensure the light’s performance when faced with contaminants often found in these environments.
The Role of NSF-Certified Lighting Across Industries
Foodservice and processing areas are most commonly associated with NSF-certified lighting, but medical and healthcare centers can also benefit from the additional protective features. In addition to durability, they meet standards to ensure bacterial resistance and they are constructed of non-toxic material. These items are also produced with the most robust construction methods available to avoid leaking, corrosion or other electrical problems.
For tough environments such as foodservice and healthcare, choose NSF-approved lighting for strong, reliable and clean products that stand up to any challenge.
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