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Standards Corner - Issue 3 2018

October 8, 2018

By Joe Musso / Standards Program Manager

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STP 325 – DOOR, DRAPERY, GATE, LOUVER, AND WINDOW OPERATORS AND SYSTEMS – A set of 11 new proposals were circulated for ballot in July 2018, with voting and comments due September 4.

STP 507 - ELECTRIC FANS – Standards work in this area remains active. Several proposals recently completed the standards process, and were published August 15, 2018. A series of new proposals, including updating references to component standards, a static load test for ceiling insert fans with tab mounting means, and ceiling fan blade edge requirements will be circulated for STP ballot in September.
In addition, the task group formed to continue work on a proposal submitted from the CPSC to include a new thermal condition performance test for unattended fans, continues to make progress. CPSC is leading the task group, which is working toward development of a proposal for consideration by the STP and public.
SAVE THE DATE: The next STP 507/705 Meeting will be February 26, 2019, in Clearwater Beach, FL.

STP 749 – HOUSEHOLD DISHWASHERS – The STP ballot of the proposed new (11th) edition concluded in May 2018, with the initial ballot failing to reach consensus. Comment resolution has been completed, and recirculation of the resulting changes to the proposed new edition opened August 17, with a closing date of October 1.

STP 867 – ELECTROSTATIC AIR CLEANERS – An STP ballot of 22 wide-ranging proposal topics closed in May 2018, with all topics reaching consensus. A minor change to one topic was recirculated in July, and the final revisions for all 22 topics were published August 7.

STP 923 – MICROWAVE COOKING APPLIANCES – A new proposal intended to address the potential risks associated with handling hot food and beverage items by young children in connection with microwave oven usage was circulated for STP ballot August 3, 2018, closing September 17. This proposal is the result of a task group that worked very hard to get to this point, carefully considering information available on this topic.

A separate proposal to add requirements for smart-enabled microwave ovens was circulated for STP ballot in April 2018. The proposal reached consensus but with several comments. Comment resolution is ongoing, with re-circulation targeted for Q3 2018.

STP 1017 - VACUUM CLEANERS, BLOWER CLEANERS, AND HOUSEHOLD FLOOR FINISHING MACHINES – A new revision cycle is underway. The technical harmonization committee (THC) met in July 2018 to finalize the draft proposals prior to passing along to the SDOs for processing. The next step will be to circulate the document for review by the consensus bodies and public. This is targeted for Q4 2018.

STP 2157/2158 - ELECTRIC CLOTHES WASHING MACHINES, EXTRACTORS, AND DRYERS – New editions were published for UL 2157 (May 28, 2018) and UL 2158 (April 6, 2018). A call for proposals was issued August 2018 in preparation for the next revision cycles.

STP 2595 - GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BATTERY-POWERED APPLIANCES – The new (3rd) edition of UL/CSA 2595 has been developed and was circulated for preliminary STP review, with a June closing date for comments. The new edition will integrate, update, and clarify a number of requirements, related to maximum rated voltages, use of general purpose batteries, general conditions of test requirements, normal charging of lithium-ion systems, power switches, and products powered or charged by universal serial bus (USB) power sources. A significant number of comments were received and are currently under review. It is anticipated that the STP ballot will open in the 4th quarter of 2018.

STP 60335-2-8 – HOUSEHOLD & SIMILAR ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, PART 2: PARTICULAR REQUIREMENTS FOR SHAVERS – The proposed new (6th) edition was circulated for STP ballot in April 2018, with an early June closing date. The document reached consensus with no comments and was published June 25.

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