History of Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
Sir John Kennedy, founded the Canadian Standards Association, in 1919. He was Chairman of the Civil Engineers’ Canadian Advisory Committee.
C.S.A. was first established as the Canadian Engineering Standards Association. However, the name was changed in the 1940’s. Furthermore, this change was to their current name.
Their first publication was “Specifications for Steel Railway Bridges”.
After being published, they became the official agency for all electrical equipment intended for sale or installation in Canada.
In 1952 C.S.A. became globally recognized as a certification mark. Also, they have become accredited by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory.
Most noteworthy, in the 1990’s, C.S.A. gained acceptance of CSA-certified products from major U.S. retailers.
These retailers include:
- J.C. Penney.
- Montgomery Ward.
- As well as, Target stores.
Furthermore, C.S.A. provides services to business all across the world. They also, provide their ever-growing knowledge to consumers.
North American Marks
C.S.A. markings show a consumer that their products have been tested.
These tests are against applicable standards. As well as, applicable requirements.
Customers find these marks on various types of products.
Some of these products include:
- Electrical products.
- Gas-fired products.
- As well as, plumbing equipment.
- Personal protective equipment.
- And, much more.
The C.S.A. mark shows that consumer’s products have been certified. However, this certification is by an accredited third-party lab.
Also, these marks show that a product met applicable standards as required by North American law.
Therefore, C.S.A. works with technical experts that understand the standard requirements.
International network office and testing facilities provide a single contact to obtain certifications for markets worldwide.
Therefore, they can identify the specific product requirements for the target consumer markets quickly and confidently.
As a result, C.S.A. can obtain certifications in more than 30 countries across the world.
Therefore, consumers can be confident in the safety of their products.
Energy Efficient Marks
Energy efficiency verification marks from The C.S.A. Group demonstrate that the product has met the specific requirements.
The following groups outline these requirements:
- Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).
- Canadian provincial energy efficiency regulations.
- California Energy Commission (CEC).
- As well as, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Furthermore, consumer products can receive a combined certification and energy efficiency verification mark for both the U.S. and Canadian markets. They achieve this by being tested to both certification and energy requirements.
For a complete list of all C.S.A. Marks and certification click here.
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