July 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) in collaboration with the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator announced a new set of standards for manufacturing 13A type G plugs, sockets and adapters in Sri Lanka.
These standards were adopted from British Standard -136 3 Code.
The requirement came to light with the ban that will impose on the manufacturers and importers on the non-standard plugs and sockets from the 16th of August this year, which will also apply to adapters with multiple sockets, universal sockets, as well as extension cords with universal sockets.
"It is a good step that initiated by the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, towards reducing electrical accidents in Sri Lanka. Presently, Sri Lanka uses different types of plugs and sockets which is one of the reasons for electrical accidents," Gamini Dharmawardena Director General of Sri Lanka Standards Institution said.
"But, after August 2017, manufacturing and importing of 5A and other type of plugs and socket-outlets and related items are banned according to the gazette notification of Single Standard Socket outlet and it is compulsory that the manufactures and importers adhere to the newly introduced standards on 13A plug and socket outlet,"
"The standard will apply to the electrical appliances as well."
The new set of standards issued under SLS 734, specifies requirements for 13A fused plugs having insulating sleeves on line and neutral pins and 13A shuttered socket-outlets for household, commercial and light industrial purposes, with particular reference to safety in normal use.
It specifies the sizes, characteristics of the parts of rewirable and non-rewirable 13A fused plugs, 13A switched and un-switched socket outlets and specification for adaptors.
On 16th August 2016, the Government decided that the Type G plug and socket outlet, widely known as the 13 A plug and socket outlet, and commonly referred to as the "square pin" plug and socket, would be the only national standard in Sri Lanka and PUCSL charged with creating an enabling environment for smooth transition of non-standard plugs and sockets to the national standard.
Manufacturing and Importing.
With effect from August 2017, all electrical equipment and appliances manufactured or imported must only contain 13A square pin plugs only.
Only 13A plugs/sockets (type G) will be permitted to be manufactured or imported with effect from August 2017 and other type of plugs and sockets are banned from manufacturing and importing.
All extension cords manufactured or imported with effect from August 2017 must contain only 13 A sockets and an inbuilt fuse.
Sale of Plugs and Sockets With effect from August 2018, only 13 A Plugs and Sockets could be sold (sale of all types other than type - G plugs and sockets will be banned)
With effect from August 2018 only Extension Cords with 13 A sockets and an inbuilt fuse could be sold (sale of all other types of Extension cords will be banned)
With effect from August 2018, all electrical equipment’s and appliances sold must contain 13 A Plugs (Type – G).