Electrical safety thanks to IEC standards

IEC Technical Committee (TC) 64 prepares standards that cover requirements for electrical installations and protection against electric shock. Its publications enable the safe use of electricity in electrical equipment and the proper functioning of this equipment in the installation environment.

TC 64 works in coordination with many product TCs and subcommittees that stipulate specific requirements for the products or equipment they standardise. These product committees include:

  • safety of household and similar electrical appliances
  • automatic electrical controls
  • safety of electronic equipment within the field of audio/video
  • information technology and communication technology
  • plugs, socket-outlets, and switches
  • switches for appliances.

IECEE product testing and certification

Designers and builders of electrical installations and manufacturers of electrical equipment and appliances can rely on IEC standards to develop state-of-the-art products that meet the strictest safety and energy-efficiency requirements. Going a step further, they can rely on the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE) to have their products tested and certified.

The IECEE CB Scheme, through its registered Certification Body Testing Laboratories and National Certification Bodies, focuses on multiple aspects. These include installation accessories and connection devices, protection against access to live parts, input and current, endurance, abnormal operation, mechanical hazards and strength, switches, internal wiring, supply connection and external flexible cords, provisions for earthing, and resistance to heat and fire.

Having products and installations tested against IEC standards and certified by IECEE provides manufacturers and consumers alike with the assurance of a safe access to electricity within their home or office environment. However, users need to follow basic safety rules and make sure that appliances and devices they use are not damaged in any way.

Summarised from IEC’s e-tech.

Published in energy.