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New Environmental Standards

Listed below are international standard documents, relating to environmental aspects, which are either new or which supersede existing documents. The list does not include recently amended standards (when less than 10% of the content is changed) or when standards are confirmed to continue (without change).
This issue of the standards report includes updated documents which are utilised by many environmental engineers involved in specifying environmental requirements for equipment as well as specific tests to evaluate the ability of equipment to operate and survive such conditions.
EN IEC 60068-2-5 Environmental testing. Tests. Test S. Simulated solar radiation at ground level and guidance for solar radiation testing and weathering. Although issued as an International Electro-technical Commission (IEC) standard at the end of April, this updated test procedure was only adopted at National and European level during May. This update has proven to be somewhat controversial. It was proposed by a small group of test houses (in Japan and the US) who wanted to use the test procedure to be more focused on evaluating the (actinic) degradation caused by solar radiation. However, the original test procedure, was aimed almost entirely at establishing the thermal effects of solar radiation on equipment. The vast majority of test specifiers used the procedure for that purpose. For the purposes of thermal testing, full spectrum lighting was not necessarily required. However, by adding the ability to use the procedure to evaluate actinic degradation could mean that some test facilities are no longer able to undertake the test in full.
EN IEC 60721-3-1 and -2 Classification of environmental conditions. Classification of groups of environmental parameters and their severities, (-1) Storage and (-2) Transportation and Handling. These two standards represent the first of a series of updates to the 60721-3 series of documents. They set out the environmental conditions that electro-technical equipment may experience during normal worldwide usage. These updates are the outcome of many years of work to re-establish and update the actual climatic and mechanical environmental conditions that an equipment may experience. In order to achieve this it has been necessary to redefine many of the original 60721-3 classifications. However, to ensure backward compatibility, new classifications have been created, allowing the original classifications to remain unchanged.
EN IEC 60068-2-10 Environmental testing. Tests. Test J and guidance. Mould growth. This document have been reissued as an amendment. Although the standard report does not normally include amendments (which imply less than 10% of the text has changed), the change to this document is worthy of note. The modification to the Mould growth now permits evaluation to be undertaken at material specimen level rather than just on complete equipment (which is still permitted).; Evaluation at material specimen level is an approach commonly used by designers, especially when they have significant historic material experience. Although undertaking evaluation at material specimen level does not necessarily save time, it can be a significantly cheaper approach.

Documents Notified as Published in May 2018

Environmental Conditions

EN IEC 60721-3 Classification of environmental conditions. Classification of groups of environmental parameters and their severities.
-1 Storage
-3 Transportation and Handling

Environmental Testing

ISO 877-3 Plastics. Methods of exposure to solar radiation. Intensified weathering using concentrated solar radiation.
EN IEC 60068-2-5 Environmental testing. Tests. Test S. Simulated solar radiation at ground level and guidance for solar radiation testing and weathering.
EN IEC 60068-2-10 Environmental testing. Tests. Test J and guidance. Mould growth.
EN IEC 600682-74 Environmental testing. Tests. Test Xc. Fluid contamination.
EN IEC 60749 Semiconductor devices. Mechanical and climatic test methods.
-12 Vibration, variable frequency.
-13 Salt atmosphere.
-26 Electrostatic discharge (ESD) sensitivity testing. Human body model (HBM).


ISO 10494 Turbines and turbine sets. Measurement of emitted airborne noise. Engineering/survey method.


ISO 8178-6 Reciprocating internal combustion engines. Exhaust emission measurement. Report of measuring results and test.


PD ISO/TS 19392 Paints and varnishes. Coating systems for wind-turbine rotor blades.
-1 Minimum requirements and weathering.
-2 Determination and evaluation of resistance to rain erosion using rotating arm.
-3 Determination and evaluation of resistance to rain erosion using water jet.


EN IEC 61000-2-2 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). Environment. Compatibility levels for low frequency conducted disturbances and signalling in public low-voltage power supply systems.
EN IEC 60230 Impulse tests on cables and their accessories.


EN IEC 61730 Photovoltaic (PV) module safety qualification.
-1 Requirements for construction.
-2 Requirements for testing.
EN 12977 Thermal solar systems and components. Custom built systems.
-1 General requirements for solar water heaters and combisystems.
-3 Performance test methods for solar water heater stores.
-4: Performance test methods for solar combistores.
EN ISO 14024 Environmental labels and declarations. Type I environmental labelling. Principles and procedures.


EN 689 Workplace exposure. Measurement of exposure by inhalation to chemical agents. Strategy for testing compliance with occupational exposure limit values.
EN ISO 4506 Hardmetals. Compression test.
EN ISO 6507-4: Metallic materials. Vickers hardness test. Tables of hardness values.
ISO/TR 12112 Metallic materials. Principles and designs for multiaxial fatigue testing.
EN 12814-4 Testing of welded joints of thermoplastics semi-finished products. Peel test.

New Standards Work Notified in May 2018

New work has been notified on the international standards listed below. It may be possible to support this new work through your relevant national standards committee. The international Technical Committee responsible for a particular document can usually be identified from the ISO/ IEC or EN website. In many cases the nations participating in the maintenance and generation of the document can also be identified. To participate within an international Technical Committee, normally nomination by your relevant national standards committee is required. It should be noted that the standards are identified by their originating standards organisation, many may also be adopted by CEN, CENELEC or ETSI as EN standards and /or by your relevant national standards organisation.

ISO 7574 Acoustics. Statistical methods for determining and verifying stated noise emission values of machinery and equipment.
-1 General considerations and definitions.
-2 Methods for stated values for individual machines.
-3 Simple(transition) method for stated values for batches of machines.
-4 Methods for stated values for batches of machines.
ISO 9022-3 Optics and photonics. Environmental test methods. Mechanical stress.
EN 12976-2 Thermal solar systems and components. Factory made systems. Test methods.
ISO/TR 14837-34 Mechanical vibration. Ground-borne noise and vibration arising from rail systems. Characterizing irregularity of the running surfaces with respect to vibration excitation.
ISO 16049-1 Air cargo equipment. Restraint straps. Design criteria and testing methods.
ISO 16063-34 Methods for the calibration of vibration and shock pick-ups. Testing of fixed temperature sensitivity.
EN 17290 Non-destructive testing. Ultrasonic testing. Examination for loss of thickness due to erosion and/or corrosion using the TOFD technique.
ISO 22836 Carbon fibre-reinforced composites. Method for accelerated moisture absorption and supersaturated conditioning by moisture using sealed pressure vessel.
EN 45555 General methods for assessing the recyclability and recoverability of energy related products.
EN 45556 General method for assessing the proportion of re-used components in an energy related product.
IEC/TS 61400-11-2 Wind energy generation systems. Measurement of wind turbine noise characteristics in receptor position.
IEC/TS 61400/28 Wind energy generation systems. Through life management and life extension of wind power assets.

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