Introduction to Components used in Personal Flotation Devices - An Overview of Testing and Certification: Recorded Webinar


This course provides participants with basic knowledge and a fundamental understanding of UL testing services and certification requirements for PFD components. This course was developed to assist both new and existing stakeholders in the PFD industry with understanding UL’s certification offerings for PFD components as well as an understanding of the basic mechanical testing requirements. As this industry continues to grow and evolve to increase the PFD wear rate and provide innovative new products, UL aims to be source of technical knowledge and resource for the industry.

Participants will gain a general overview of UL, UL’s relationship with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and other Authorities, the operation of PFD components, and UL’s certification process.  An overview of the certification requirements for construction and testing, in accordance with the applicable UL Standards, will be discussed.


Course Topics:

  • Types of Components
  • UL’s certification and testing offerings
  • UL Certification Markings for PFD Components
  • Component testing
  • Component UseCodes
  • Mechanical PFD testing
  • Factory Inspections
  • Follow-Up Service Testing and Examinations


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants should:

  • Understand UL's Certification Offerings for PFD Components, including markings
  • Understand what "Use Codes" mean and how they are assigned
  • Understand the basic mechanical testing requirements
  • Understand the PFD Factory Inspection process and the UL Field Representative’s Role in inspections

Target Audience

  • Product Development Engineers
  • Design Engineers
  • Retailers
  • Boating Safety Associations
  • Manufacturers


Denice Durrant, a UL Staff Engineer in the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) department primarily works in the certification of products within Personal Flotation Devices and Components for US and international certifications. She also works within other categories in the PPE industry related to first responder clothing and equipment and serves on a NFPA Technical Committee. Denice has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Textile Engineering as well as a dual Master of Science degree in Materials Science & Engineering and Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

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Time Requirement


Web-Based 30 minutes

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