IEC 61010-1: Electric Equipment for Measurement, Control, and Laboratory Use

Part 1: General requirements

Published: July 6th, 2023

Product Safety Standards

Principle Objective of IEC 61010-1:

The purpose of the requirements of this standard is to ensure that Hazards to the Operator and the surrounding area are reduced to a tolerable level.

Requirements for protection against particular types of hazards are as follows:

  • electric shock or burn

  • mechanical HAZARDS

  • spread of fire from the equipment

  • excessive temperature

  • effects of fluids and fluid pressure

  • effects of radiation, including lasers sources, and sonic and ultrasonic pressure

  • liberated gases, explosion and implosion

  • Requirements for protection against hazards arising from reasonably foreseeable misuse and ergonomic factors

RISK assessment is specified for hazards or environments not fully covered in this standard.

Scope of IEC 61010-1:

This product safety standard specifies general safety requirements for the following types of electrical equipment and their accessories, wherever they are intended to be used.

Electrical test and measurement equipment – This is equipment which by electromagnetic means tests, measures, indicates or records one or more electrical or physical quantities, also non-measuring equipment such as signal generators, measurement standards, power supplies for laboratory use, transducers, transmitters, etc. Also applicable to test equipment integrated into manufacturing processes and testing manufactured devices.

Electrical industrial process-control equipment – This is equipment which controls one or more output quantities to specific values, with each value determined by manual setting, by local or remote programming, or by one or more input variables.

Electrical laboratory equipment – This is equipment which measures, indicates, monitors, inspects or analyses materials, or is used to prepare materials, and includes in vitro diagnostic (IVD) equipment.

This equipment may also be used in areas other than laboratories; examples include self test IVD equipment to be used in the home and inspection equipment to be used to check people or material during transportation.

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