CSA Issues Warning of the Dangers of Counterfeit Approval Marks

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is issuing warnings to companies and organizations with employees required to wear safety footwear to be aware of counterfeit approval marks. The CSA says counterfeit approval marks have been found to offer inadequate toe protection and can also create potentially hazardous situations. The CSA also reported similar cases with other safety equipment, such as harnesses. When purchasing new safety equipment the CSA advises to be aware of "red flags" such as the following:

  • Significantly low pricing-if a product's price seems "to good to be true" it probably is;

  • Inexpensive or "cheap" production. The CSA advises comparing the look and feel of different products; fakes are often light and flimsy;

  • No certification mark. The product should have the mark of a recognized certification agency such as UL or CSA International;

  • Poor spelling. Look for poor misspellings and unclear printing on packaging, products, labels, etc.

  • Missing items: Check for discrepancy between the content of the package and the item's description on the outside of the package, as well as missing product information; and

  • Unfamiliar retailers. If you doubt the store, don't buy it.

For more information visit www.csa-international.org.

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