Electrical Safety

The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2006/95/EC


The Low Voltage Directive applies to electrical equipment designed for use with voltages of between 50 and 1000 V alternating current (AC) and between 75 and 1500 V direct current (DC).

The principal objectives are to prevent:

• Electric shocks and burn injuries caused by contact with live components
• Faults which could cause fires

All electrical equipment must comply with the following general safety requirements (refer to Annex I of the Directive):

1. General conditions (such as correct instruction for safe use, brand name labelling for purposes of traceability, etc)
2. Protection against hazards arising from the electrical equipment
3. Protection against hazards which may be caused by external influences on the electrical equipment (e.g. overloading, mechanical influences, environmental conditions)

The requirements for specific products are normally stated in the harmonised standards, follow the LVD link for more information.
There must be an EC Declaration of Conformity (DoC) for every product, follow the link for further information.

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Low Voltage Directive