UL 1180

Standard for Fully Inflatable Recreational Personal Flotation Devices

1.1 These requirements cover adult recreational wearable devices having at least one buoyancy compartment that relies upon inflation by gas or other medium to provide flotation to the wearer, for use by individuals at least 16 years of age and weighing 80 pounds (36.3 kg) or more.

1.2 These requirements cover devices intended for general boating activities where impacts with the water or other objects (i.e. those which occur during water skiing, white water paddling, personal watercraft use, and parasailing) are not likely.

1.3 These requirements cover rearming kits for the devices covered by this Standard.

1.4 Several levels of performance are set out by this standard to meet the needs of various boating activities, locations, and water conditions. The performance levels are designated by performance type.

1.5 A product that contains features, characteristics, components, materials, or systems new or different from those covered by the requirements in this standard, and that involves a risk of fire or of electric shock or injury to persons shall be evaluated using appropriate additional component and end-product requirements to maintain the level of safety as originally anticipated by the intent of this standard. A product whose features, characteristics, components, materials, or systems conflict with specific requirements or provisions of this standard does not comply with this standard. Revision of requirements shall be proposed and adopted in conformance with the methods employed for development, revision, and implementation of this standard.


  • Edition Number: 2
  • Edition Date: 02/13/2009
  • Price Code: B
  • Type: ulstd
  • ANSI Approved: 11/27/2012
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