Why is testing with a NAIL4PET accredited lab important?

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What is NAIL4PET and why is testing with a NAIL4PET accredited lab important?

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NAIL4PET is an acronym for The National Association of Independent Laboratories for Protective Equipment Testing. The abreviation is quite handy because, as you can see, the full name is a mouthful!

NAIL incorporates the only Laboratory Accreditation for the electrical equipment test labs program in North America. The criteria include:

  • Laboratory facility
  • Equipment
  • Training and knowledge of staff
  • Quality control work procedures
  • And more

NAIL4PET helps develop uniformity in testing and works in close association with ASTM International and ANSI. NAIL-accredited laboratories are charged to promote service, candor, justice, and the public welfare in safety. Today, the NAIL program is recognized throughout North America as an important asset to the credentials of a testing facility.



Why should you select a NAIL4PET accredited test lab for your electrical safety PPE?

Well, think of it this way. If you or a family member needed serious health care or surgery, wouldn’t you want to make sure that the doctor you chose for that particular treatment was Board Certified?

Sure, anybody who has graduated from medical school is a physician and they can put those letters (M.D. or D.O.) after their name. However, to practice medicine in the United States, they must first become licensed in the state in which they work. Moreover, being licensed alone does not indicate whether a doctor is qualified to practice in a medical specialty.

One of the best ways to know if your doctor has the qualifications to provide care in a specialty is to find out whether are Board Certified and participating in activities that help them stay up to date with the latest advances in medicine and patient care.

The same holds true when selecting an electrical safety equipment test lab. But while 87% of physicians in the United States are Board Certified, not all test labs are NAIL4PET-certified. Anyone can spend the money to buy a test machine, but only the best of the best earn NAIL4PET Accreditation (to learn more, see Hammering Home the Importance of Selecting a NAIL4PET Accredited Test Lab).

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Richard A. Rivkin is President and Chief Executive Officer of Saf-T-Gard International, Inc., a privately-held family-owned and operated global supplier of industrial safety products based in Northbrook, Illinois.

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