It is a question that many us have asked ourselves at some point. To answer it, let’s take a look at some of the most relevant organizations.
NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE (NEC)
It is the U.S. standard for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment. It is part of a series of fire prevention standards published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES (UL)
One of the most recognized certifications worldwide is awarded by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing safety standards for more than a century.
UL certification covers medical devices, medical software, industrial control panels, plastics, fire safety, hazardous areas, quality, OSHA and more.
UL certification, or “UL Listed” on a product, indicates that UL has tested the product, evaluated representative samples of it and determined that it meets UL requirements.
CANADIAN STANDAR ASSOCIATION (CSA)
The CSA develops standards that address real needs such as improvements in safety and public health, improvements in quality of life, environmental conservation, etc. The CSA certification is also accepted in a market as rigorous as the American one and in many other countries with high standards of quality and safety.
MINE SAFETY HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (MSHA)
This is a U.S. government agency that helps reduce mine fatalities, injuries and illnesses through a variety of activities and programs. MSHA develops and enforces safety and health rules in all mining operations and works with industry, labor and other agencies to improve the health and safety conditions of all miners.
ADVANTAGES OF USING CERTIFIED EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS
There are many advantages that make necessary the use of certified electrical equipment and materials in mining and other industrial sectors. One of the main objectives is to guarantee safety throughout the installations of an industrial facility or mine, ensuring that the inputs used for the manufacture of the relevant equipment meet minimum standards of safety and quality to protect the lives of workers in the unwanted event of a failure.
The rigorous tests that the equipment and materials must pass to be certified ensure a high degree of reliability in their performance within a given installation, since these tests are conducted by third parties to avoid manufacturers being their own judges on the quality of their products.
Cost/benefit: Considering that the tests required for certification are standardized and ensure optimal performance of equipment and/or materials, it is clear that the use of certified products can considerably reduce unscheduled stops and premature failures in the installation.
That is why PROVEEDORES MINEROS S.A.C. offers a range of equipment and electrical materials solutions that include: Power, control and instrumentation cables for trays, such as Tray Cable (TC) and armored type (Teck 90) in low and medium voltage; mining cables; relays; contactors; thermomagnetic switches; panelboards; lights for classified and harsh locations; outlets and plugs for mining and industrial use; fittings; conduit; insulators and terminations; all certified by UL, CSA, MSHA, IEC, IEEE, ICEA/NEMA, among others such as NTP, RETIE and NTC.