Peabody, MA The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has expanded the recognized testing and certification scope of TÜV SÜD to include UL 62368-1 Audio/video, information and communications technology equipment – Part 1: Safety requirements. Manufacturers who are eager to learn the new hazard-based standard, which covers audio video (AV) and information technology equipment (ITE), now have a new third party option for guidance.
Evidenced by publication in the Federal Register on April 15, 2016, OSHA has acknowledged the scope expansion of the Nationally Recognized Test Lab (NRTL) TÜV SÜD America. As technology evolves we are seeing more emphasis on Hazard-Based Safety Engineering (HBSE) within the standards development committees. Companies familiar with the legacy “prescriptive” standards for AV and IT equipment, UL 60065 and UL 60950-1, will now need to address safety concerns earlier in the design process to rule out possible hazards. Providing more focus on performance, manufacturers that adopt the new 62368-1 requirements early in the transition phase can leap ahead of competitors and stand out in the crowded technology marketplace.
“Customers depend on TÜV SÜD as an agency that goes above and beyond in terms of customer service and proactive assistance,” states Doug Hughes, TÜV SÜD Director of Sales and Development “so it is no surprise that many of the largest and most well-known developers of consumer technology have come to us for training and application guidance on the new standard”.
The second edition of UL 62368-1 is now recognized in most major markets, and available for use in product certification as an alternative to UL 60065 and/or UL 60950. The transition period ends in June of 2019, when the legacy standards will be withdrawn. Based on the predicted life cycle of a given product manufacturers should begin familiarizing themselves with UL 62368-1, providing ample time to consider the new requirements prior to the withdrawal date.
The standard lends itself to application using a hazard-based approach/process to:
- identify energy sources in the product
- classify the energy source and its effect on the body/on combustible material
- identify needed safeguards for protection from energy sources with the potential for causing injury or damage
- qualify the safeguards as effective
There has been some confusion between hazard based standard and risk-based. It is important to note that 62368-1 is not a risk-based standard, unlike the third version of UL 60601-1, so no formal risk analysis is required.
The scope of UL 62368-1 includes:
- Consumer electronics - receiving equipment, amplifiers, musical instrument equipment
- Data processing and network equipment - PCs, laptops, visual display units (TVs, monitors)
- Office appliances - shredders, cutting machines, copying machines
- Telecommunication equipment - Network infrastructure equipment, telephone systems, telephone sets (wired and wireless)
As a prominent NRTL in North America and a globally recognized safety agency worldwide, TÜV SÜD is well positioned and prepared to provide customers the guidance and prompt service delivery they expect. To learn more about our 150-year heritage and additional services visit www.tuv-sud-america.com.
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