Product Safety

Top 10 Compliance Today Blog Posts for Electrical Compliance Engineers in 2012

The Compliance Today blog for electrical product manufacturer compliance engineers saw a significant jump in readers and subscribers in 2012.  Following were the most popular 2012 posts, by pageviews. RTCA/DO-160G is Latest Version for Testing of Airborne Equipment, But Not the Only Choice  UL1604 to Be Replaced by ANSI/ISA 12.12.01-2000 for Hazardous Locations Certification  2011... Read More

Five Tips for Avoiding Counterfeit Electrical Products

Counterfeit electrical products are a huge and growing problem.  Counterfeit products worth billions of dollars enter the U.S. each year.  According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 13% of all counterfeit products seized are electrical products, ranking them second among all category totals. The manufacture of counterfeit electrical products is popular because the profits... Read More

Hazardous Location Product Safety Certification Requirements for EU, China, Russia, Korea & India

This post is the second of two posts on hazardous location product safety testing and certification.  The first post explored testing for UL/CSA, ATEX & IECEx. This post looks at certification requirements for particular markets/countries. North America In the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) governs the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) program,... Read More

Hazardous Location Product Safety Testing Explained for UL/CSA, ATEX & IECEx

Safety testing and certifying products for hazardous locations is complicated, especially when a manufacturer is exporting to multiple markets. Following is a basic primer.  For more detailed information or questions, contact MET Labs.  Standards In countries with formal certification and a 3-zone system, the IEC60079 series of standards is commonly used, adopted as National Standards... Read More

NFPA 790 and NFPA 791 Now a Criterion for Field Evaluation Bodies

In the U.S. workplace, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that all electrical equipment be safety certified.  Many state, county and local jurisdictions also have similar requirements. However, equipment is sometimes installed that has not been certified or has been modified after installation.   Then, a field evaluation may be necessary, as determined by... Read More

China CCC Product Safety Compliance for A/V & IT Equipment is Changing

Audio/video equipment and information technology equipment intended for sale in China must meet new China Compulsory Certification (CCC) product safety requirements starting in November and December, respectively. In February, the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA) Technical Committee for High Tech Industry finalized the certificate update instructions for both GB8898 (Audio, Video and Similar... Read More