History of Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) was founded in 1919 founded by Sir John Kennedy, Chairman of the Civil Engineers’ Canadian Advisory Committee. This was first established as the Canadian Engineering Standards Association, and not changed until the 1940s to their current name. Their first publication was “Specifications for Steel Railway Bridges”, then moving forward to becoming the official agency for all electrical equipment intended for sale or installation in Canada. In 1952 C.S.A. became globally recognized as a certification mark. Most noteworthy they have moved on to becoming accredited by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory. In the 1990s, C.S.A. gained acceptance of CSA-certified products from major U.S. retailers. These retailers include J.C. Penney, Wal-Mart, Montgomery Ward, and Target stores. C.S.A. provides services to business all across the world and provides their ever growing knowledge to consumers.
North American Marks
C.S.A. marks help to identify the product consumers are buying have tested against applicable standards and requirements. These marks can be seen in various types of products including electrical, gas-fired, plumbing, personal protective equipment, and much more. The C.S.A. mark shows that consumer’s products have been certified by an accredited third party lab and have met applicable standards as required by North American law. Therefore working with technical experts that understand the standard requirements.
International network office and testing facilities provide a single contact to obtain certifications for markets worldwide. They can identify the specific product requirements for the target consumer markets quickly and confidently. As a result, C.S.A can obtain certifications in more than 30 countries across the world and be confident in the safety of the product.
Energy Efficient Marks
Energy efficiency verification marks from C.S.A. Group demonstrate that the product has met the energy efficiency requirements outlined by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Canadian provincial energy efficiency regulations, California Energy Commission (CEC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Furthermore, testing consumer products to both certification and energy requirements, these products can receive a combined certification and energy efficiency verification mark for both the U.S. and Canadian markets.
For a complete list of all C.S.A Marks and certification check out the link below.