International standardization for the safe use of electrical equipment

Updated: Feb 24


Raising the issue of safety, it is necessary to understand that the correct formation of the technological base of production or the organization that is in contact with human labor is a very important aspect. Since in the 21st century, the use of various technologies is gaining momentum and a huge number of automated processes are being introduced, therefore the use of electrical devices is responsible for the quality and consistency of the functioning of this system. In connection with the globalization of markets and the active exchange of technologies between countries, there is a need to create a regulatory system that is uniform for all countries, and international standards are just such an act. Today we will tell you about some of the key documents in the field of cable regulation and also tell you which of the standards may be useful for which type of organization.


Safety of machinery — Laser processing machines — Part 1: Laser safety requirements (ISO 11553–1:2020)

EN ISO 11553–1:2020/A11:2020


When creating international standards, there are a certain number of technical parameters that do not always fit into one document, or updates occur after the approval of an existing standard. One such example of a supplement is EN ISO 11553–1: 2020 / A11: 2020.


This A11 will introduce revised Annex ZA for EN ISO 11553–1:2020. Both mother standard and A11 will be offered to OJEU for citation.

If in the scientific and technological base of your organization you have the aforementioned standard for which an addition is required, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the details in more detail by clicking on the link to our website.


Optical fibre ca bles — Part 6: Indoor-outdoor cables — Sectional specification for indoor-outdoor cables

IEC 60794–6:2020


The use of electrical equipment and its individual parts is responsible not only for the quality of the result, but also for safety, which is why it is necessary to adhere to such international standards as IEC 60794–6: 2020.


This document is a sectional specification covering general features of optical fibre cables applicable to outdoor as well as indoor environments, called “indoor-outdoor cables”. Indoor-outdoor cables are deployed in outside plant environments as well as in premises thus fulfilling outdoor as well as indoor requirements. Typical application spaces are, for example, extension of a duct cable into a building or using this design for centralized cabling in the central office, the premises or local area network where the same cable is used for the entire length of the cabling link including both the indoor as well as the outdoor portions.


If you are interested in the above-mentioned regulation technologies and if you have certain questions regarding this document, you can always clarify them with our team.


Optical fibre cable s — Part 6–10: Indoor-outdoor cables — Family specification for universal indoor-outdoor cables

IEC 60794–6–10:2020


The use of electrical equipment and cables occurs not only in production or official organizations, but also in households. International standards such as IEC 60794–6–10: 2020 are created to regulate their use.


This document is a family specification covering features of optical fibre cables applicable to outdoor as well as indoor environments, called “universal indoor-outdoor cables”. These cables generally possess the characteristics associated with outdoor cable designs (according to IEC 60794–3, however typically less stringent, and typically “non armoured”) having the thermal and mechanical robustness that makes them suitable for use in the outside plant, while simultaneously being flexible enough, compact and lightweight and exhibiting the fire performance required in indoor premises.


Since this international standard is global and can be applied in every everyday situation, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with it to those enterprises that cooperate with households or other organizations that massively use the above technologies.


Optical fibre cable s — Part 6–20: Indoor-outdoor cables — Family specification for flame retardant outdoor cables

IEC 60794–6–20:2020


The following standard is a good addition to the previous document, but it is more extensive and contains more technologies and methods of their application.


IEC 60794–6–20:2020 is a family specification covering optical fibre outdoor cables which are flame retardant and thus also applicable to indoor environments. These cables generally possess the characteristics associated with outdoor cable designs having similar thermal and mechanical robustness that makes them suitable for use in the outside plant, while simultaneously exhibiting the fire performance required in indoor premises. A typical application is for example the extension of a “shorter length” of an outdoor cable into the building.


Since both of the aforementioned documents are similar and can be easily misled when thinking about their scope, we recommend that you clarify in more detail which of the standards is most suitable for your organization.


Optical fibre cable s — Part 6–30: Indoor-outdoor cables — Family specification for weatherised indoor cables

IEC 60794–6–30:2020


Different parts of the same standard can both complement each other and completely tell about absolutely different aspects. A prime example is IEC 60794–6–30: 2020.


This standard is a family specification covering optical fibre indoor cables that are deployed in short length (≤ 10 m) outdoor environments. These cables generally possess the characteristics associated with indoor cable designs having the appropriate fire performance and flexibility that makes them suitable for use in premises. Because of its predicted use outdoors, stability against environmental attack, for example UV radiation and humidity (see IEC 60794–6:2020, Table 1), is important.


If the technical features mentioned above have introduced you to a situation with a large number of questions, you can always clarify all the details by clicking on the link to the site and contacting our managers who will be happy to help you answer all existing questions and clarify incomprehensible nuances.


The key to the success of the system is in the details.


As it has been repeatedly noted, the use of not only a certain type of technology, but also setting up their individual parts by various methods can affect the quality of the final result. Since security issues have always been key in the construction of any system in both industrial and post-industrial society, the introduction of innovations has always been accompanied by the presence of a strong technological base. If your organization operates on an international scale or uses world famous equipment, we recommend having international standards available that will significantly improve the existing processes in your business and increase the guarantee of the safety of your activities.


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