Revisions to UL 60065, the UL Standard for Safety for Audio, Video and Similar Electronic Apparatus, include new requirements to address safety of coin type and button cell batteries.
UL adopted requirements from the Consumer Electronics Association covering labeling, construction, and safety related performance of coin/button cell containing devices. Annex I of UL 60065 covers these requirements, and includes cautionary labeling, instructions, battery compartment construction, and battery compartment accessibility.
Part of the rationale for adopting these requirements is to minimize the likelihood of hazards associated with young children ingesting small cells. While it is recognized that the majority of audio and video devices are not intended for use by small children, it is reasonable to expect that children will be exposed to them.
The effective date for the new requirements is 2 January 2014.
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