Safety testing

Competency Group: Electrical Engineering

Type: Compliance Test Hardware 

Description: Safety tests ensure that a product will not create a safety risk from situations such as a failed or shorted power supply, blocked cooling vent, and power line voltage spikes and dips. Standard laboratory equipment required — specialized equipment may be used at times.

Citation for Description: Conformance testing. (2011). Retrieved from Wikipedia,

Units: Pass/Fail

Advantages: Absolutely necessary to ensure the safety of users.

Regulations: Health and Safety Executive. (n.d.). Electrical standards and approved codes of practice. Retrieved from

Target Audience: Engineering

Relevant to Universal Design: Yes

Stages and Steps: 5, 6

Free Resource: National Electrical Code. (2012). Retrieved from Wikipedia,

Purchase Resource: Cadick, J., Capilli-Schellpfeffer, M., & Neitzel, D. (2005). Electrical Safety Handbook. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.