Intertek Launches Certification Program for Tornado Resistant Products

The ETL SEMKO division of Intertek Group plc has launched a tornado-resistant product certification program according to applicable requirements of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA). The program will assist manufacturers in determining if products are fit for use in tornado prone areas of the United States. Intertek has issued the first certification of the program to Windsor Republic Doors.

Intertek is the first independent testing laboratory to introduce a certification program for tornado resistant product manufacturers, according to information from the company. As part of the program, testing will be conducted to applicable requirements of FEMA and the NSSA and will help to determine products' wind pressure load resistance, debris impact resistance, structural integrity, and door and latching device capacity.

As evidence of compliance to FEMA's National Performance Criteria for Tornado Shelters and NSSA's Standard for Design, Construction and Performance of Storm Shelters, Windsor Republic Doors' Model 3070 Door Assembly and Model 6270 Door Pair Assembly bear Intertek's proprietary WH Mark. The WH Mark is recognized by Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) such as fire marshals, inspectors and code officials throughout North America.

"Windsor Republic Doors is dedicated to providing our customers with products that best meet their severe weather resistance needs," said Jason W. Lisewski, director of product engineering, Windsor Republic Doors. "By partnering with the industry experts at Intertek we feel this program will help us to continue to meet that goal."


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