In order to optimize your visit to the Safety Link, we believe it’s helpful for you to understand the rationale behind the genesis of this vast resource.
The Safety Link is published by Arthur E. Michael, a practicing electrical product safety compliance engineer, consulting in that arena since 1984. Finding himself travelling often, both here and abroad as he expedited approvals for manufacturers large and small, the site was originally written for his convenience. While travelling, he needed information with respect to product safety agencies around the world, sample shipping & tracking information, access to a myriad of technical resources, news, weather, and other useful information. He posted this information online in 1995 and soon thereafter offered it to readers of his newsletter, International Product Safety News.
The Safety Link has grown to become the “Grand Central Station” or “Crossroads” of the Electrical Product Safety Compliance business; it is well known and regarded around the world. Many electrical product safety professionals, consultants, test labs and designers have bookmarked the Safety Link and refer to it daily. You are invited to follow their lead. Initially there were perhaps a 100 links; today that number has grown to more than 600 and new resources are continually added. A number of additional compliance arenas including Telecom, EMC/EMI/RFI, Quality, Environment-WEEE and RoHS have been added and round out the site.
Due the the large amount of information extant on the site, one needs to learn to effectively search the site. In most cases this will require one of two different search strategies. The bulk of the site is organized alphabetically by acronym (ie: UL rather than Underwriters Laboratories) to ease your search for useful information.
With respect to websites based outside of the U.S.A:
Note that both forms of a country’s name (noun and adjective) may be used within the Safety Link (i.e. Japan, Japanese, OR Germany or German, etc.); therefore, you need to search on both terms to be certain you have located all items of interest to you. A tip; enter the portion of the name that is present in both varieties of the country name (i.e. Japan or German for the examples presented above) and you only need to search once to find both varieties of the entry.
With respect to websites written in other than the English language: in the majority of cases, we have linked to the first page of the sites; this page may not be in a language in which you are fluent. We have not linked to the English-language pages on foreign sites, even when available, as these pages change often and become a link-maintenance issue
If you are comfortable with the English language, scrutinize the foreign language page for one of the following links to an English-language version of the site; the word “English” or the abbreviations “E” or “Eng”, An “American Flag” or the Flag of the United Kingdom (the British Union Jack), etc.
If the page is in other than English language characters you may still find one of the graphic links noted above. If they are not evident, run your cursor over the various links at the top or around the edges of the site and keep you eye on the bottom line of your browser – where the destination of the link you have under your cursor usually appears. Very often the links are in English even if the site is not – and if you are lucky, you will spot a link such as, www.meti.go.jp/english , that’s
As a last resort, consider using a language translation tool such as the one found at Babelfish.Altavista.com. The Safety Link provides a direct input to this utility; it is located in a box on the right side of the Safety Link, below the Navigation Box and Google Ads. It can translate any page you are viewing to one of 8 languages. Remember that translation tools may present translations that are less than fully accurate (and sometimes – humourous); if you need to rely on the translation for legal or business decisions, it is best to locate an individual fluent in the language and not rely on the translation tool.
To search within any page:
The technique discussed here applies to any given page on the Safety Link. Activate the Find function of your browser (typically by entering Control-F on your keyboard). Input your search term in the box provided and press the Enter key. This will take you to the first instance of the term you are searching on. Each time you press the Enter key, you will be taken to the next instance of the term you are searching on. If you are searching for electrical product safety and standards resources, you may find all you need on the extensive first page. To search within other topics, you can select your area of interest from the Navigation Box on the right side of the Safety Link and search within that area of interest using Control-F (your browser’s Find function).
At the top right-hand side of the front page, you will find a data-entry box titled, “Site Wide Search”. Data entered in the adjacent Google Search Box will yield the links/pages where the term/s you seek can be found. Do note that the pages, in particular the Electrical Products Safety and Standards Resources, are quite extensive.
To find the subject/s of interest you should now click on any page in the Site-wide search results; enter Control-F on your keyboard to activate the Find function of your internet browser. Re-enter the term you first entered into this Search Box, and you will be taken to the first instance of that item on the page you selected when you press your Enter key. Keep pressing the Enter key on your keyboard to find additional mentions of the sought term. If you find what you seek, you are done; if not, select other pages that resulted from the Site-wide Search
Once you have found the resource you seek, look around and you may find other resources of value to you. To search further, click on another Site-wide search result page and use your browser’s Find function (Control-F) again (and again) until you have located all the information on the Safety Link related to your search term.