28 July 2014
Warning not to sell unapproved USB power adaptors following death of woman in NSWESV is warning all online sellers that it is illegal to sell unapproved or non-compliant USB power adaptors. These items are classified as prescribed electrical equipment and must be certified prior to sale. To see which products come under the definition of prescribed electrical equipment requiring approval/certification, click here . The warning follows the death of a New South Wales woman where investigations have identified an unapproved and non-compliant USB power adaptor was potentially implicated. USB power adaptors must be electrically safe and compliant to the relevant standards and be approved/certified prior to sale. Other States and Territories in Australia (also members of ERAC), support this ESV warning to online sellers.
Risks of selling unapproved USB power adaptorsHazards identified with non-compliant and unapproved power adaptors include the risk of:
- Death or electric shock
- Fire and property damage, and
- Damage to equipment connected to the device
ERACThe ERAC National Certification Database is a register for approved electrical appliances. A quick search of the approval number or model number should show whether your equipment has a current safety approval/certification.
ESV online electrical safety auditsESV and other state regulators will be conducting electrical safety audits on online trading sites and advise you that if you are currently supplying unapproved or non-compliant electrical equipment, STOP IMMEDIATELY to avoid fines or prosecution. ESV is the independent technical regulator responsible for electricity, gas and pipeline safety in Victoria, Australia. Our responsibilities include ensuring electrical equipment offered for supply in Victoria is safe and meets the minimum safety requirements for its class. ESV is also a member of Electrical Regulatory Authority Council (ERAC). For further information, you can contact ESV on (03) 9203 9700.
Date: 28/09/2023 22:24
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Reviewed 15 December 2022