COLTS Laboratories and CSA International Announce Working Agreement for Protective Eyewear in the U.S. and Canada

COLTS Laboratories, a product testing company specializing in ophthalmic lens and personal protection equipment (PPE) testing, and CSA International, a leading testing and certification organization, today officially announce a working agreement to provide additional testing capabilities and capacity for protective eyewear. Under this arrangement, testing performed by COLTS Laboratories is now accepted for certification by CSA to the applicable American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and CSA standards. COLTS brings with it years of experience in ophthalmic and safety testing while being accredited toA2LA (the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation).

The agreement with COLTS Laboratories allows CSA to better focus on certification activities and improve speed to market for protective eyewear manufacturing clients. This new relationship further strengthens CSA’s position as a North American leader for protective eyewear testing and certification services.

Many industrial workplaces specify CSA certified protective eyewear and face protectors for their employees because of the confidence they place in its rigorous certification programs. CSA’s third party certification program helps ensure that products bearing the mark meet the applicable ANSI and CSA Standards. Through the certification program, CSA helps ensure ongoing compliance by conducting unannounced independent audits of manufacturing facilities as well as annual retesting of samples to monitor ongoing conformance with published standards.

CSA is the only North American organization that has been accredited to develop standards for eye and face protection as well as accredited as a certification body to perform third party evaluations on eye and face protectors. Both within Canada and abroad, third party certification serves to reassure all stakeholders and provide them with confidence in the integrity of products, services and systems.

About CSA International

CSA International is a provider of product testing and certification services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other products. Recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world, CSA International certification marks appear on billions of products worldwide. CSA International is a division of CSA Group, which also includes CSA Standards, a leading solutions based standards organization, providing standards development, application products, training and advisory services; and OnSpeX, a provider of consumer product evaluation, inspection and advisory services for retailers and manufacturers. For more information, visit www.csa-international.org

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Anthony Toderian
Manager, Corporate Affairs
CSA Group
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Kimberly Hutton
Executive Vice President
COLTS Laboratories
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September 30, 2011