UL’s state-of-the-art laboratories help ensure regulatory and brand compliance of your products. Throughout the global supply chain, UL experts perform chemical and physical testing, quality inspections, and manufacturing audits to optimize products, mitigate the risk of costly recalls, and protect brands.

UL’s testing programs help ensure products are safe and manufactured to brand specifications. Our quality assurance experts help our clients address all phases of the global textile supply chain — from raw materials such as fiber, yarn and fabric, to components like snaps and trim, to completed garments, helping deliver quality products to the global marketplace.

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Physical, Mechanical, and Colorfastness Testing

  • Colorfastness to Washing
  • Strength and Performance
  • Colorfastness to Crocking
  • Dimensional Stability
  • Colorfastness to Light
  • Tensile Strength
  • Colorfastness to Perspiration
  • Seam Slippage
  • Flammability
  • Tear Strength

Chemical Analysis

  • Formaldehyde
  • Organostannic Compounds
  • REACH and SVHC
  • Azo Dyes
  • Alkyl Phenols
  • RSL
  • Heavy Metals Detection
  • Nickel Release
  • Allergenic and Carcinogenic Colorants
  • Phthalates
  • Phenols
  • Chlorinated Benzene and Toluene

Compliance and Directives: Proficiency Fields

UL laboratories utilize recognized methods to test your products for compliance to international, federal and regional regulations:

  • AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists)
  • GB (Chinese National Standards)
  • ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials International)
  • ISO (International Organization for Standardization)
  • BS (British Standards)
  • UNI (Italian Institute of Standardization)
  • DIN (German Institute for Standardization)

PRODUCT CATEGORIES

UL partners with clients throughout the production cycle to assess risk and develop solutions that effectively evaluate the quality and safety of textiles and garments, including:

  • Children’s Clothing
  • Adult’s clothing
  • Home textiles
  • Accessories
  • Leather goods

Children’s Clothing

children-clothingSafety testing of apparel and accessories for children focuses on small parts ingestion and strangulation hazards.

Primary laboratory testing includes:

  • Button,snap, trim, and appliqué attachment resistance
  • Toxicity level testing for lead, cadmium, nickel, and heavy metal content in trim components
  • Safety and dimension evaluation of cords and drawstrings
  • Overall safety assessment of garments with attention to sharp points and sharp edges (zippers and hasps)
  • Flammability resistance of children sleepwear

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