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Safety of Goods Standard

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Safety of Goods Standard
Contents
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Scope

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Terms and Definitions

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Invitation to Tender Response

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Generic Requirements for Safety
4.1 General Requirements
4.2 Additional Requirements - Electrical
4.3 Additional Requirements - Mechanical
4.4 Additional Requirements - Substances
4.5 Additional Requirements - Radiation
4.6 Additional Requirements - Temperature
4.7 Additional Requirements - Ozone Emission
4.8 Additional Requirements - Software
4.9 Additional Requirements - Noise Emissions
4.10 Additional Requirements - Safety Signs
4.11 Additional Requirements - Alarms, Indicators, &
Messages
4.12 Additional Requirements - Manual, Handbooks,
Instructions
4.13 Additional Requirements - Training
4.14 Additional Requirements - Personal Safety Goods

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References

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History

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Issue 15 (01/02)

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Terms and Definitions The terms and definitions of IEC950 shall apply. and intend to refer to all or part of your earlier submission. i. Scope This Standard details BT's generic requirements for the safety of goods.Safety of Goods Standard GS6 1. the tender reference number. The term "goods" shall include items. equipments. or why you do not. confer immunity from legal obligations. of itself.1 General Requirements GS6-2 of 11 © British Telecommunications plc 2001 NOT SUBJECT TO ISSUE CONTROL WHEN PRINTED Issue 15: (01/02) . This declaration shall be followed by a concise supporting statement describing the way in which you comply. Compliance with this Standard does not. Generic Requirements for Safety 4. you must state the date the previous submission was made. 3. machinery and products. and where used in this Standard are indicated by the use of SMALL CAPITALS. a system. and may represent a single item or multiple items. Invitation to Tender Response To each "Requirement" in Section 4 of this Generic Standard you are required to make a declaration of "Compliant". 2. "Partially compliant" or "Noncompliant" as appropriate. If you have already responded to this issue of this Generic Standard. and the buyer to whom the submission was sent.e. You should note that BT reserves the right to validate the information given in your submission. Note: You should respond "Not Applicable" in those instances where the Requirement does not apply to the goods being tendered for. 4.

a removable ENCLOSURE guarding a HAZARDOUS VOLTAGE or a HAZARDOUS ENERGY LEVEL shall clearly display a safety © British Telecommunications plc 2001 NOT SUBJECT TO ISSUE CONTROL WHEN PRINTED GS6-3 of 11 . 4.2 Additional Requirements . 4. see 4.g.g. (2) an International standard (e. Where an alternative standard to EN 60950 is used it shall offer at least an equivalent level of safety. Where an alternative applicable standard is used (e. commissioning. 4.4 may be inappropriate and advice should be sought from BT in case of doubt. certificates etc. Note: The preferred standard for demonstrating compliance with Directive 73/23/EEC is EN 60950.2 The supplier shall ensure that the goods meet the requirements of this Standard following any installation.2. The EC declaration of conformity and if requested such documentation (test results.2. (1) a harmonised European standard. b) Goods that will be connected directly or indirectly to a TELECOMMUNICATION NETWORK. IEC 65 or IEC 950). maintenance or repair work carried out by the supplier.2 Goods intended for use within the UK shall comply as follows: Issue 15 (01/02) a) Goods that will be part of a TELECOMMUNICATION NETWORK.1 Goods for use within the European Community (EC) shall comply with European Directive 73/23/EEC (otherwise known as the low voltage directive) as amended by Directive 93/68/EEC and shall bear the CE mark accordingly. reports. shall comply with the appropriate parts of clause 6 of EN 60950. In some circumstances the application of clause 6. and (3) a National standard.1.1 The supplier of the goods shall have documentary evidence to show that the goods comply with the requirements of this Standard.3 below) the order of priority shall be.Electrical 4. shall comply with European Directive 1999/5/EC (otherwise known as the radio and telecommunications terminal equipment directive). and if the goods are intended for use outside the EC it shall be acceptable in the intended country of use.2.Safety of Goods Standard GS6 4.1.) making up the Technical Documentation shall be made available for inspection by BT. c) For goods weighing more than 18kg.

The conductor insulation shall be coloured as follows: brown .Mechanical 4. A mechanical aid shall be available if the insertion or withdrawal force is greater than 90 newtons. for Class I equipment. 4.3. 4.3.neutral and.3. The position of the marking must be such that it will be clearly visible before an attempt is made to withdraw the unit from the rack or cabinet.3 If the goods weigh greater than 10kg and are intended to be mounted in a rack or cabinet then the weight must be shown on the goods. Cords shall be BASEC approved and/or “HAR” marked with the phase conductor insulation in accordance with current regulations. green/yellow . 4. The preferred method for protection in the event of ac failure is automatic back feed protection. The safety sign shall conform to BS 5378 and include the value of the principal HAZARDOUS VOLTAGE or HAZARDOUS ENERGY LEVEL. although BT will consider alternatives on a case by case basis.phase. 4.1 Goods intended for use within the EC that are classified as machinery shall comply with European Directive 89/392/EEC as amended by Directive 93/68/EEC and the appropriate requirements of EN 292 or BS 5304. socket-outlets and couplers for industrial purposes complying with EN 60309.4 Additional Requirements .Substances GS6-4 of 11 © British Telecommunications plc 2001 NOT SUBJECT TO ISSUE CONTROL WHEN PRINTED Issue 15: (01/02) . The earth conductor shall be green/yellow. blue .earth. 4. d) Power supply cords for connection to plugs complying with BS1363 shall be BASEC approved and/or “HAR” marked.2. the insertion and withdrawal arrangements shall be such that the goods can be inserted and removed safely. e) Three phase equipment shall be connected via plugs.Safety of Goods Standard GS6 sign.3 Uninterruptible power systems for use within restricted access locations shall comply with EN 50091.3 Additional Requirements .2 For goods intended to be used in a rack or cabinet.

d) The supplier of goods containing radioactive substances shall provide the relevant details to the buyer for forwarding to the BT Radiation Protection Adviser. In particular the goods shall where appropriate comply with the standards from time to time specified in the “General public exposure Basic restrictions for time varying electric and magnetic fields up to 10GHz” section of the guidelines issued by ICNIRP and in the “Restrictions on exposure to static and time-varying electromagnetic fields” issued by the UK National Radiological Protection Board.2 Goods intended for use within the UK shall comply with the following: a) Where goods contain or produce a substance hazardous to health as defined by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1988 (COSHH). the supplier shall provide suitable and sufficient Safety Information in accordance with Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 b) For goods containing or using chemicals.4. c) The supplier shall provide BT with details on the safe disposal of waste arising from goods or chemicals supplied. they shall comply with the International Commission for NonIonising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) recommended derived general public exposure limits to RF electromagnetic fields.Safety of Goods Standard GS6 4.5.5 Additional Requirements .4. 4.Radiation 4. Issue 15 (01/02) © British Telecommunications plc 2001 NOT SUBJECT TO ISSUE CONTROL WHEN PRINTED GS6-5 of 11 . The supplier shall demonstrate compliance with these standards by reference to appropriate test methods and test results which shall be made available to BT on request. the supplier shall provide BT with Hazard data sheets in accordance with the requirements of the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging) Regulations 1993 (CHIP) and the packaging shall be labelled accordingly.300GHz. 4.1 Where goods emit radio frequencies in the range 1Hz .1 The goods shall not contain any substance in a form that is hazardous to health unless no suitable alternative exists.

Safety of Goods Standard GS6 4. the goods shall be classified according to EN 60825-1 (IEC 60825-1 is equivalent). The method of analysis. This will reduce power levels to class 1M/2M or lower under a fault condition (such as cable break or connector disconnection).5. 4. by using Automatic Power Reduction (APR).3 Where goods emit X-rays. the emissions shall not exceed 0. leakage emissions in the wavelength range 200 . The tenderer shall demonstrate that there is a high degree of assurance that this classification will not be exceeded. Note that Submarine GS6-6 of 11 © British Telecommunications plc 2001 NOT SUBJECT TO ISSUE CONTROL WHEN PRINTED Issue 15: (01/02) .5. 2.5. this level of power shall not be accessible in OPERATOR or SERVICE ACCESS AREAS.5.5 Where goods use lasers and/or LEDs. All goods emitting X-rays will need to be assessed under the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1985. BT will only deploy systems of Hazard Level 1M/2M or lower in its inland networks. For optical fibre communications systems. which will never be worked on live.5mr/h (milliroentgens per hour) at a distance of 50mm from any accessible surface. higher powered (higher class) systems may be used providing they comply with Hazard Level 1M/2M. 4. This power restriction does not apply to Submarine Systems. The BT procurement specification for any optical fibre communications system shall state which classifications are permissible (Classes 1. assumptions made and results obtained shall be stated by the tenderer and reported to BT.400 nanometres shall be limited so that personal exposure cannot exceed the relevant ACGIH limits.2 Where goods use radio frequency power in excess of 25 watts.4 Where goods emit ultra violet radiation. the goods shall also be classified according to EN 60825-2 (IEC 60825-2 is equivalent). The EN 60825-2 standard for optical fibre communications systems requires classification to be based on radiation that could become accessible under "reasonably foreseeable circumstances". Relevant details shall be provided to the buyer for forwarding to the BT Radiation Protection Adviser. 1M and 2M only). Automatic Power Shut-Down (APSD) or similar. the probability of exceeding Class 1M or 2M limits shall not exceed 500 FITs (excluding Submarine Systems). Optical fibre communications systems of all classes shall be labelled according to EN 60825-1. However. 4.

4.7 Additional Requirements .Software The safety of the goods shall not be degraded by the operation (correct or otherwise) of any software. firmware or any other stored information that is part of the goods.Temperature The temperature of air issued from the goods shall not exceed +75°C.e. EXISTING equipment may remain classified and/or labelled class/hazard level 1 or 3A to the previous standard indefinitely (i.9 Additional Requirements .Safety of Goods Standard GS6 systems using armoured and/or segregated cables are excluded from these requirements. Note 1: The noise levels are measured with the goods in the normal operating mode with any silencing systems operated.1 of this Generic Standard. 4. they shall comply with the final paragraph and Note 5 to 1.5 metres from the goods in any plane. 4.7.2. until the withdrawal of this standard on 31/Jan/2004. Issue 15 (01/02) © British Telecommunications plc 2001 NOT SUBJECT TO ISSUE CONTROL WHEN PRINTED GS6-7 of 11 .Noise Emissions Goods intended for use within the UK that are for use in "office type" environments shall not emit noise levels greater than 77dB(A) at the operators ear and not greater than 73dB(A) at 1.8 Additional Requirements . Note 2: A harmonised standard specifying absolute limits for noise levels is currently in draft form.6 Additional Requirements . 4. and the supplier shall provide installation and maintenance requirements that minimise the room concentration of ozone to the lowest level practicable.2 of EN 60950 regardless of which specification is adopted for compliance with 4. there is NO need to relabel existing correctly labelled equipment or products).Ozone Emission Where goods produce ozone. NEW equipment may be classified to the ‘old’ standard and use class/hazard level 3A etc. When that standard is published it will replace the above requirements.

The following colours shall be used as detailed in EN 60073 (IEC 73 is equivalent) (see also 1.12.11.2 Visual Display Unit alarms.Alarms. GS6-8 of 11 © British Telecommunications plc 2001 NOT SUBJECT TO ISSUE CONTROL WHEN PRINTED Issue 15: (01/02) .10 Additional Requirements .7.Safety Signs Safety Signs and Fire Signs that are part of the goods shall comply with the relevant National Standards. White: Status.Manuals. implying neither success nor failure. mode or other neutral information. OPERATOR 4.2 Servicing manuals. indicators and messages shall be clear and concise. (For the UK the standards are BS5378 for safety signs and BS5499 for fire signs).1 Panel type alarms and indicators that are part of the goods shall be clear and concise. Green: Safe and satisfactory running condition.3 Alarms or indicators which could affect safety shall be fail-safe or be protected by a suitable system of redundancy. 4.11. 4.4 Buttons (controls) that are activated in emergency situations shall be positioned such that they are not subject to accidental operation.8. handbooks or instructions associated with the goods shall include details on how to safely operate the goods and safely carry out any OPERATOR maintenance. Handbooks. 4.11. The buttons shall be coloured red and suitably labelled as to their function. handbooks or instructions associated with the goods shall include details on how to safely service the goods.11 Additional Requirements . 4.1 manuals.12 Additional Requirements . Instructions 4.12. Indicators & Messages 4. 4.2 of EN60950):Red: Indication of a fault or a warning.11.Safety of Goods Standard GS6 4. Yellow: An information or caution condition.

14 Additional Requirements . The supplier’s quality system shall ensure that the safety features of the goods are 100% inspected. however where tests are destructive.13. sampling techniques shall be used. (OJ reference L77.Training 4. 29/6/89) 89/686/EEC European Directive for personal protective equipment (OJ reference L399. References Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1988 (COSHH) Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging) Regulations 1993 (CHIP) International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) .13 Additional Requirements .1 training associated with the goods shall include instructions on how to safely operate the goods and safely carry out any OPERATOR maintenance. OPERATOR 4.recommended derived general public exposure limits to RF electromagnetic fields Ionising Radiations Regulations 1985 American Conference of Governmental and Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) 73/23/EEC European Directive for electrical equipment for use within certain voltage limits (generally referred to as the low voltage directive).Personal Safety Goods Personal safety goods shall comply with European Directive 89/686/EEC as amended by Directives 93/95/EEC and 93/68/EEC.13. 5. The sampling frequency for destructive tests shall be agreed with BT.2 Training and courses for SERVICE PERSONNEL shall include instructions on how to safely service the goods. 4. 26/3/73) 89/392/EEC European Directive for machinery (OJ reference L183. 30/12/89) Issue 15 (01/02) © British Telecommunications plc 2001 NOT SUBJECT TO ISSUE CONTROL WHEN PRINTED GS6-9 of 11 .Safety of Goods Standard GS6 4.

equipment classification. requirements and user's guide Safety of machinery. 7/4/99) Safety requirements for mains operated electronic and related apparatus for household and similar general use Coding of indicating devices and actuators by colours and supplementary means Safety of information technology equipment. History GS6-10 of 11 © British Telecommunications plc 2001 NOT SUBJECT TO ISSUE CONTROL WHEN PRINTED Issue 15: (01/02) . including electrical business equipment Specification for 13 amp fused plugs and switched and unswitched socket outlets Code of practice for safety of machinery Safety signs and colours. including electrical business equipment Radiation safety of laser products. notices and graphic symbols British Approvals Service for Cables Harmonised Approvals Service for Cables 6. 9/11/93) European Directive for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (OJ reference L91. equipment classification. Basic concepts. socket-outlets and couplers for industrial purposes Radiation safety of laser products. 30/8/93) European Directive amending the personal protective equipment directive (OJ reference L276.Safety of Goods Standard 93/68/EEC 93/95/EEC 1999/5/EC IEC 65 IEC 73 IEC 950 IEC 60825 EN 292 EN 41003 EN 50091 EN 60073 EN 60309 EN 60825 EN 60950 BS 1363 BS 5304 BS 5378 BS 5499 BASEC HAR GS6 European Directive amending eleven new approach directives and the low voltage directive (generally referred to as the CE marking directive) (OJ reference L220. general principles for design Particular safety requirements for equipment to be connected to telecommunication networks Specification for uninteruptable power systems (UPS) Coding of indicating devices and actuators by colours and supplementary means Plugs. Fire safety signs. requirements and user's guide Safety of information technology equipment.

Major revision. January 2000 – Sections 4.Sections 4.Safety of Goods Standard Issue 1: Issue 2: Issue 3: Issue 4: Issue 5: Issue 5: Issue 6: Issue 7: Issue 8: Issue 8: Issue 9: Issue 10: Issue 11: Issue 12: Issue 13: Issue 14: Issue 15: Issue 15 (01/02) GS6 December 1990 April 1991 July 1992 November 1993 January 1995 .Completely revised .5 and 5 revised.3. April 2001 .4.5. Electronic format changed to Word 97.1 revised.3 added.1 & 5 revised.2. January 1998 .3 January 1999 – Electronic format changed to Word 6/95. 4.Revision of Sections 4. No changes to text September 1999 – Section 4.5.5.1 & note. January 1997 .Major revision.2.Section 4. February 2000 .2b revised.2. September 1999 – Section 4. May 1998 . 4. Notes removed. © British Telecommunications plc 2001 NOT SUBJECT TO ISSUE CONTROL WHEN PRINTED GS6-11 of 11 . January 2001 .e and 4.1 revised.5. January 2002 .5 revised.2d and 4.Minor layout changes.2b.2.Section 4.5.2.Sections 4.2.(Electronic Format) January 1996 .