SLBS Withdraws Products from the Market - February 2015
Press Release - February 2015
SLBS Withdraws Non-Conforming Electrical Items from the Market
The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) has withdrawn from the market non-conforming kettles and electrical adaptors because of possible risk to the health and safety of consumers.
An assessment of the product indicates that the open construction of the socket face allows access to live parts when the adaptor is plugged in and ready for use. This makes the user susceptible to electrical shock and also poses a threat for electrical fires.
The withdrawal was initiated against the requirements of a compulsory national standard for plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes.
The standard SLNS/IEC 60884-2-5:1995 Plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes - Part 2: Particular requirements for adaptors, requires that “socket - outlets shall be so designed and constructed that when they are mounted and wired as for normal use; live parts are not accessible, even after removal of parts which can be removed without the use of a tool.”
The kettles being withdrawn were found to be unsafe because earth continuity test failed. The connection between the earthing terminal and earthed metal parts have high resistance which can lead to injury.
The product does not comply with the requirements of the Standard- SLNS/ BS EN 60335-1:2005 Household and similar electrical appliances-Safety-Part 1: General Requirements
For more information on the specifications of the adaptors and kettles visit the SLBS website at slbs.org.lc or call us at 453-0049.