STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 13 - SLBS to unveil New Laboratory
SLBS to unveil New Laboratory
The SLBS is expanding the capacity to provide testing with the addition of a new laboratory for comparative energy consumption testing. The testing will affect refrigerating equipment and support compliance with energy efficiency labeling standards.
According to Head of the Compliance Department Mr. Hubert Raynolds, the new test facility aims to address issues related to information about the electricity consumption of electrical appliances to inform lifetime cost of an appliance versus the mere purchase cost.
Significantly, the energy efficiency of appliances varies even when the equipment is of similar size, function and price. Information is critical for assessment of the quality of the individual appliance parts, design and type of technology used.
The SLBS is confident that it can advance its safety and environmental agenda with the upgrade of services such as what the new laboratory offers. Saint Lucia is predominantly a consumer market and ensuring consumers have access to comparatively high quality products is dependent on the availability of not just regulations but the relevant infrastructure to support the regulatory framework.
The expectation is that regulation will eventually give way, when a more robust culture of quality emerges in the consumer market. The SLBS’ energy efficiency program recommends the retailers display energy labels on products. With the addition of the laboratory the SLBS can validate claims to ensure consumers are not misled.
The Compliance Department expects the facility will be fully operational in the early part of the second quarter. The comparative energy test laboratory complements two other programmes, electrical appliance safety testing and light bulb testing.
The light bulb testing laboratory performs durability tests of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to determine the lifetime of the product and to validate energy savings claims, while the appliance testing laboratory has the capability of performing basic electrical safety testing on household electrical appliances and microwave leakage test on microwave ovens