ICS Laboratories, Inc. was established in 1995 to provide testing and conformity assessment services for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and related devices. We are the leading independent laboratory in North America for testing and conformity assessment of PPE and one of the foremost in the world. ICS provides specialized, experienced testing of protective equipment for Eye and Face Protection, Helmet / Head Protection, Athletic Equipment, Respiratory Protection, Biological and Chemical Protective Clothing. As a specialist facility, our reputation for expertise, competence and client service is unrivaled.
Although specialized, the range of PPE products we address mandates the facilitation of a broad array of material characterizations. Our expertise includes thin film surface characterizations, environmental (solar, temperature, humidity) simulation, evaluation of stress, strain compression, restitution, and mechanical impact, advanced spectroscopy (UV, VIS and IR), geometric optics, gas sorbent filter evaluation, barrier material permeation, pressure dynamics and particle filtration performance evaluations.
Our facilities, in addition to office and warehouse space, include over 10,000 square feet of operative laboratory space in disciplines spanning analytical chemistry, environmental simulation, mechanical and optics. Each laboratory is controlled for maintaining applicable standard temperature and humidity test atmospheres.
Our tests and evaluations are performed to worldwide standards. ICS’ capabilities, knowledge and accreditations extend to all major markets, addressing national and international (ISO) standards. In North America we execute ANSI, ASTM, CSA, MIL, NFHS, NIOSH, NOCSAE and NOM conformity assessments. For the Asian Pacific market and AS/NZS (SAI Global) conformity assessments are performed. ICS was the first PPE testing and conformity assessment authority existing outside of Europe accredited to perform CEN standard assessments for CE Certification. We remain the principal North American CE Certification resource for PPE.
Our international accreditation status, coupled with key alliances and recognition agreements with certification bodies in international markets, enables us to facilitate turn-key conformity assessments and global market entry for our clients. Our clients operate in an ever-expanding global marketplace and range from firms specializing in a single PPE product category to operations whose product lines span multiple protective equipment categories and types. Your market entry needs are our specialization. Our service objective: Any Market – One Source.
In addition to standards-based conformity assessments, we provide on-going independent QA assessments for PPE products to national and international procurement requirements. We offer customized contract testing to customer specifications, competitive market evaluations, product benchmarking and advanced failure mode analysis evaluations -- assessing product performance beyond standards requirements.
Our staff is knowledgeable, competent, experienced and well recognized as experts in the industry. Together, we offer multiple decades of technical knowledge specific to Personal Protective Equipment.