Founded in 1918, the American National Standards Institute, or ANSI, is
a non-profit organization that oversees and
sets U.S. standards, conformity, and norms for products found in nearly every U.S. sector. Standards ensure that
products, especially PPE that workers rely on to keep them safe, meet an adopted standard and performance level.
ANSI does not
create standards, but it approves standards that are developed by representatives of accredited
organizations. Currently, there are more than 220 ANSI-Accredited Standards Developers including organizations like
ASTM International, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., and NFPA International.
ANSI creates the standards. OSHA enforces the standards.
At MCR Safety, we don’t just test products to meet a specific standard, we go one step further and test products in
our very own lab. MCR Safety’s Innovations Technology Center (ITC Lab) has been in operation since 2010, testing PPE
for ANSI cut-, abrasion-, heat-, puncture-, impact-, and tear-resistance. We also launder garments to ensure proper
performance is maintained even after washing. In July of 2016, our commitment to excellence led to MCR Safety’s ITC
becoming one of the first North American testing labs to receive ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for hand protection, an
international standard that requires labs to demonstrate a high degree of accuracy and consistency in testing
MCR Safety's ITC Lab
Almost anyone can find someone sourcing PPE and selling it on the internet. Can you always trust that your PPE is coming from a reliable source? With all of MCR Safety’s products being quality tested in our ITC lab, you can.
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