BS EN 60335-2-23:2003+A2:2015 - Household and similar electrical appliances. Safety. Particular requirements for appliances for skin or hair care

BS EN 60335-2-23:2003+A2:2015

Household and similar electrical appliances. Safety. Particular requirements for appliances for skin or hair care

Status : Current, Work in hand   Published : July 2003



This clause of Part 1 and of EN 60335‑2‑23 is replaced with the following:

This European Standard deals with the safety of electric appliances for the care of skin or hair of persons or animals, the rated voltage of the appliance being not more than 250 V.


Examples of appliances that are within the scope of this standard are

  • curling combs;

  • curling irons;

  • curling rollers with separate heaters;

  • facial saunas;

  • hairdryers;

  • hand dryers;

  • heaters with detachable curlers;

  • permanent-wave appliances.

  • hair straighteners


Appliances covered by this standard may incorporate steam-producing or spray-producing devices.

Appliances and machines intended to be used in household, commercial applications, in shops, by hairdressers, in light industry and on farms, are within the scope of this standard.

Additional requirements for appliances and machines with motorised parts intended for commercial use are given in Annex ZE.


Examples of appliance for household environment are appliances for typical housekeeping functions used in the household environment and appliances for typical housekeeping functions used by non-expert users:

  • in shops, offices and other similar working environments

  • in farm houses;

  • by clients in hotels, motels and other residential type environments;

  • in bed and breakfast type environments;

  • hair and hand dryers used by clients in swimming pools areas, toilets in petrol service stations, railways stations, airports and similar.

As far as is practicable, this standard deals with the common hazards presented by appliances that are encountered by all persons in household and similar environments.

However, in general, it does not take into account:

  • children playing with the appliance,

  • the use of the appliance by very young children

  • the use of the appliance by young children without supervision,

  • user maintenance by children, including the necessary cleaning of the appliance.

It is recognized that very vulnerable people may have needs beyond the level addressed in this standard.


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.


This standard does not apply to

  • Shavers, hair clippers and similar appliances ( EN 60335‑2‑8);

Standard NumberBS EN 60335-2-23:2003+A2:2015
TitleHousehold and similar electrical appliances. Safety. Particular requirements for appliances for skin or hair care
StatusCurrent, Work in hand
Publication Date28 July 2003
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)ISO 3864-1
Informative References(Provided for Information)IEC 60335-2-8, IEC 60335-2-27, IEC 60335-2-17, 2006/42/EC, IEC 60335-2-65, IEC 60335-2-53, EN 60335-2-17:2002, EN 60335-2-65:2003
ReplacesBS EN 60335-2-23:1996
Amended ByAMD 15352
Corrigendum, March 2015; Amendment, February 2015
DescriptorsCosmetic appliances, Safety measures, Domestic safety, Hairdressing equipment, Protected electrical equipment, Rated voltage, Curling tongs, Skin-treatment appliances, Performance testing, Hair-treatment appliances, Hair curlers, Electrical safety, Hair driers, Household equipment, Electrical household appliances, Animal grooming equipment
Title in FrenchAppareils électrodomestiques et analogues. Sécurité. Règles particulières pour les appareils destines aux soins de la peau ou des cheveux
Title in GermanSicherheit elektrischer Geräte für den Hausgebrauch und ähnliche Zwecke. Besondere Anforderungen für Geräte zur Behandelung von Haut oder Haar
ISBN978 0 580 89985 0
File Size2.82 MB
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