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Revised Electrical Test Standard To Improve Safety Is Now Available

BSEN61010 1BS EN 61010-1:2010+A1:2019
Safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use.

Publication Date: 30 November 2010
Amendment:  March 2019

Part 1. General requirements details general safety requirements for operators of electrical test and measurement, laboratory, and industrial process control equipment.

The amendment details crucial changes which ensure the industry has a safer and more robust standard.

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What’s changed since the last update?

When the third edition of 61010-1 was published in 2010, user-testing by manufacturers and test houses highlighted areas where the standard could be improved. This resulted in the following amendments:
- New guidance on lamps and lamp systems emitting ultraviolet or infrared radiation
- Inclusion of pollution degree in Clause 5.4.2. More detailed guidance on the operating environmental conditions for which the equipment is designed, including:
   - Additional guidance on the requirements of ambient temperature measurements
   - IP ratings (as defined in BS EN 60529), including new conditions for the testing of such equipment and protection requirements against solid foreign objects and water
   - Clarification on pressure test requirements, including a new chart to determine the ratio between test pressure and maximum working pressure
   - Clarification of requirements regarding protection against liberated gases and substances