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Standards: SEI

What is SEI?
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What does SEI do?
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What are the SEI Certification Programs?
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Who may participate in SEI Certification Programs?
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What kind of testing standards does SEI use?
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What are the benefits of SEI Certified safety products?

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What is SEI?
The Safety Equipment Institute headquartered in Arlington , Virginia is a private, nonprofit organization established in 1981 to administer the first non-governmental, third-party certification programs to test and certify a broad range of safety equipment products.

Policy decisions are handled by SEI's Board of Directors which includes representation from organized labor, users of safety equipment, the insurance industry and several safety equipment manufacturers.

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What does SEI do?
The purpose of SEI's certification programs is to assist government agencies along with users and manufacturers of safety equipment in meeting their mutual goals of protecting those who use safety equipment on or off the job, in keeping with recognized standards and the current state of the art equipment and technology.

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What are the SEI Certification Programs?
SEI certification programs include on-going product testing and quality assurance audits which qualify a product model for SEI certification.

SEI will certify the manufacturer's product model and grant the right to use the SEI certification label when (1) the testing lab has determined that the product model has been tested and successfully meets the appropriate product standard, and (2) the quality assurance auditor has determined that the manufacturer complies with SEI quality assurance requirements.

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Who may participate in SEI Certification Programs?
SEI certification programs are voluntary and available to any manufacturer of safety equipment seeking to have product models certified by SEI. Participation in SEI's programs is open on a non-discriminatory basis to all manufacturers.

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What kind of testing standards does SEI use?
All product testing is done in accordance with the selected voluntary, government or other standards available for the given product. Current standards are developed for various products by such organizations as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

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What are the benefits of SEI Certified safety products?
Both compliance testing and quality assurance audits are repeated at regular intervals to maintain certification. The manufacturer submits to ongoing scrutiny of products and processes by independent third-parties and agrees to recall non-conforming products.

Another important benefit of SEI certification is the additional assurance granted to purchasers and users of these safety products. It means products bearing the SEI label have been manufactured to meet the level of quality and performance of the most current comprehensive standards existing for the product. While SEI does not assume responsibility for product performance, SEI's certification label indicates that the manufacturer is concerned and responsible, and that the model for that product has met the recognized standards for testing and quality assurance.

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There are several different companies that provide information and sell copies of standards and test methods. One of these companies is ILI Infodisk Inc. ILI can be reached in the United States at:

ILI Infodisk Inc.
610 Winters Avenue
Paramus , NJ 07652

Tel: 888 454 2688
Fax: 201 986 7886
Web: www.ili-info.com


ILI can be reached in the United Kingdom at:

ILI
Index House
Ascot
Berks SL5 7EU

Tel: 44 1344 636 300
Fax: 44 1344 291 194
Web: www.ili.co.uk