BS EN 60335-2-98:2003+A2:2008 - Household and similar electrical appliances. Safety. Particular requirements for humidifiers – BSI British Standards

BS EN 60335-2-98:2003+A2:2008

Household and similar electrical appliances. Safety. Particular requirements for humidifiers

Status : Current, Superseded   Published : July 2003 Replaced By : BS EN 60335-2-98:2003+A11:2019
Conformity to regulation : Designated



BS EN 60335-2-98:2003+A2:2008 Household and similar electrical appliances. Safety. Particular requirements for humidifiers

BS EN 60335-2-98 deals with the safety of electric humidifiers for household and
similar use, their rated voltage being not more than 250 V for single-phase appliances and 480 V for other appliances.

Examples of appliances that are within the scope of the standard are
– appliances that atomize water
– appliances that evaporate water by heating;
– appliances that blow air through a moist element.

Appliances not intended for normal household use but which nevertheless may be a source of danger to the public, such as appliances intended to be used by laymen in shops, in light industry and on farms, are within the scope of BS EN 60335-2-98.

As far as is practical, BS EN 60335-2-98 deals with the common hazards presented by appliances that are encountered by all persons in and around the home. However, in general, it does not take into account:

  • Persons (including children) whose physical, sensory or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge prevents them from using the appliance safely without supervision or instruction
  • Children playing with the appliance.

Attention is drawn to the fact that:

  • For appliances intended to be used in vehicles or on board ships or aircraft, additional requirements may be necessary.
  • In many countries additional requirements are specified by the national health authorities, the national authorities responsible for the protection of labour and similar authorities.

BS EN 60335-2-98 does not apply to:

  • Humidifiers intended for use with heating, ventilation or air-conditioning systems (IEC 60335-2-88);
  • Appliances for medical purposes (BS EN 60601)
  • Appliances intended exclusively for industrial purposes
  • Appliances intended to be used in locations where special conditions prevail, such as the presence of a corrosive or explosive atmosphere (dust, vapour or gas).

Contents of BS EN 60335-2-98:

  • Introduction
  • Scope
  • Normative references
  • Definitions
  • General requirements
  • General conditions for the tests
  • Classification
  • Marking and instructions
  • Protection against access to live parts
  • Starting of motor-operated appliances
  • Power input and current
  • Heating
  • Endurance
  • Abnormal operation
  • Stability and mechanical hazards
  • Mechanical strength
  • Construction
  • Internal wiring
  • Components
  • Supply connection and external flexible cords
  • Terminals for external conductors
  • Provision for earthing
  • Screws and connections
  • Clearances, creepage distances and solid insulation
  • Resistance to heat and fire
  • Resistance to rusting
  • Radiation, toxicity and similar hazards
  • Annexes
  • Bibliography

Standard NumberBS EN 60335-2-98:2003+A2:2008
TitleHousehold and similar electrical appliances. Safety. Particular requirements for humidifiers
StatusCurrent, Superseded
Publication Date31 July 2003
Conformity to regulationDesignated
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)IEC 60335-2-88, ISO 13732-1, ISO 3864-1
Replaced ByBS EN 60335-2-98:2003+A11:2019
ReplacesBS EN 60335-2-98:1997, IEC 60335-2-98:1997
International RelationshipsCLC/TS 61496-2:2006,IEC 60335-2-98:2002/AMD2:2008,IEC 60335-2-98:2002,EN 60335-2-98:2003/A2:2008
Amended ByAmendment, June 2009; Amendment, June 2006
Draft Superseded By07/30172328 DC
DescriptorsWatertightness tests, Humidifiers, Electrical safety, Electrical household appliances, Electrically-operated devices, Temperature rise, Protected electrical equipment, Air treatment devices, Rated voltage, Safety measures, Domestic safety, Room humidifiers, Motor-operated household appliances, Performance testing, Household equipment
Title in FrenchAppareils électrodomestiques et analogues. Sécurité. Règles particulières pour les humidificateurs
Title in GermanSicherheit elektrischer Geräte für den Hausgebrauch und ähnliche Zwecke. Besondere Anforderungen für Luftbefeuchter
ISBN978 0 580 60609 0
File Size1.125 MB
NotesAny previous versions of this standard that may remain current are available for order from our customer services department.

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