The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) has established a new standard that will cover general safety requirements for electrical appliances for household and similar purposes.
Launched on March 2, the new standard will also cover voltage for appliances not more than 250 volts for single-phase units and 480 volts in other appliances.
It also covers battery-operated appliances and other direct current supplied appliances, and appliances not intended for normal household use, but nevertheless may be a source of danger to the public.
It does not cover appliances intended exclusively for industrial purposes, personal computers and similar equipment and transportable motor-operated electric tools.
Mark Williams, Senior Energy Engineer in the Energy Ministry, has predicted that implementation of the standard will lead to greater empowerment of consumers, allowing them to be more informed when purchasing appliances for their homes.