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									                                                           GDS 1: Part 8: 2001


0.1   This standard was declared a compulsory Grenadian Standard on
      September 2, 2002. The intention of this standard is to protect the
      consumer against danger and to ensure that adequate information is
      given to the consumer or user.

0.2   In formulating this standard considerable assistance was derived from
      the Trinidad and Tobago Standard TTS 76: Part 13: 2000 – Labelling
      of Domestic Electrical Appliances.

0.3   While this standard covers the general marking requirements for
      domestic electrical appliances there may be stipulated in other
      standards further marking requirements for particular specified
      appliances, in which case additional compliance would be necessary.

0.4   This is one of a series of standards on labelling and specifies what
      information should be on the appliance itself as distinct from what may
      be on the packaging material if the appliance is packaged.

0.5   The required information has been kept to a minimum so that it can be
      accommodated in a small area of the appliance.

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1.0     SCOPE

1.2     This National Standard specifies the labelling requirements for
        domestic electrical appliances at the point of entry in Grenada, where
        such units are displayed, offered for sale and are at the point of sale in


        The following normative documents contain provisions, which,
        through reference in this text, constitute provisions of this document.
        The latest edition of the normative document referred to shall apply.

        Grenada National Standard GDS 1: Part 1: 1990 Specification for
        Labelling of Commodities – General Principles.

        Grenada National Standard GDS 1 Part 2: 1990 Specification for
        Labelling of Commodities – Labelling of Prepackaged Goods.

        Grenada National Standard: Specification for Labelling
        of Commodities – Labelling of products and equipment utilizing ozone
        depleting substances and/or their substitutes (presently under

        International Electrotechnical Commission IEC 60617: Letter Symbols
        to be used in electrical technology.

        International Electrotechnical Commission IEC 60027: Graphical
        Symbols for diagrams.


3.1     For the purposes of this National Standard, the following terms and
        definitions shall apply.

3.1.1   Appliances means those items of electrical and/or electronic
        equipment, generally other than industrial, normally built in
        standardized sizes or types, that is installed or connected as a unit to
        the main voltage supply to perform one or more functions such as
        clothes washing, cooking, food mixing etc.

3.1.2   CFCs means chlorofluorocarbons; a family of chemicals that contain
        chlorine, fluorine and carbon; used as refrigerants, aerosol propellants,
        cleaning solvents and in the manufacture of foam.

        NOTE   CFCs represent one of the main causes of ozone depletion.

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3.1.3    Country of origin means the country where the appliance was
         manufactured or the nature of goods was changed to a significant
         extent other than by packaging.

3.1.4    Date manufactured means the date or period in which the appliance
         was manufactured.

3.1.5    Domestic electrical appliances means those appliances normally used
         in domestic applications, and other items as specified by the Grenada
         Bureau of Standards.

         EXAMPLES       Vacuum cleaners, washing machines, clothes dryers, blenders, water
                        heaters, stoves, refrigerators, video equipment, audio equipment,

3.1.6    Indelible means incapable of being rubbed out or removed.

3.1.7    Label means any mark, symbol, device, imprint, stamp, brand, ticket,
         or tag applied to, placed on, accompanying, sold with, distributed with
         an appliance.

3.1.8    Ozone-depleting potential (ODP) means a measure of a substance’s
         ability to destroy stratospheric ozone, based on its atmospheric
         lifetime, stability, reactivity and content of elements that can attack

3.1.9    Ozone-depleting substance (ODS) means any chemical that can
         deplete the ozone layer.

3.1.10   Rated frequency means the frequency to which operating and
         performance characteristics are referred.

3.1.11   Rated voltage means the voltage to which operating and performance
         characteristics are referred.

3.1.12   Rated wattage means the wattage to which operating and performance
         characteristics are referred.

3.1.13   Refrigerant means a fluid that absorbs heat at a low temperature and
         pressure, with a change of state and rejects heat at a higher temperature
         and pressure, which is used in refrigerating mechanisms.

3.1.14   Service personnel means a person or persons capable of one or more
         of the following: installations, maintenance, testing, repair, alteration,
         conversion and decommissioning of electrical appliances.

3.1.15   Stratosphere means the region of the atmosphere that extends from
         about 10 km to about 50 km in altitude above the troposphere.

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3.1.16   Troposphere means the region of the atmosphere closest to the Earth
         that extends from the surface up to 10 km in altitude according to the

3.1.17   Wiring diagram means a drawing of the connections required for
         installation or servicing of appliances in accordance with
         manufacturer’s specifications.


4.1      All labels shall be indelible, durable, legible, and conspicuous, and
         shall be in accordance with: GDS 1: Part 1: 1990 Specifications for the
         Labelling of Commodities – General Principles and GDS 1: Part 2:
         1990 Specification for the Labelling of Commodities – Labelling of
         Prepackaged Goods.

4.2      The following information shall be marked on every domestic
         electrical appliance:

         a)     the manufacturer’s or vendor’s name or trademark;

         b)     the date of manufacture;

         c)     the country of origin;

         d)     the model number, serial number and/or type if any;

         e)     the nature of the voltage supply by one or more of the

                i)      a.c or A.C. or the appropriate symbol            ;

                ii)     d.c. or D.C. or the appropriate symbol            ;

                iii)    a.c./d.c or A.C/D.C. or the appropriate symbols

         f)     the rated voltage using the word “volts” or the symbol “V”;

         g)     the rated current using the word “Amperes” or the symbol “A”,
                or the rated wattage using the word “watts” or the symbol “W”

         h)     the rated frequency or range of frequencies in “Hertz” using the
                symbol “Hz”; and

         i)     the maximum ON time of operation and recommended OFF
                time during use if designed for short term operation.

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4.3      Where applicable, there shall be wiring diagrams to aid in the
         installation or servicing of the appliance.

4.4      If the configuration of an appliance is such that it presents danger to
         the user or service personnel then a label shall be placed in a suitable
         area on the appliance to indicate such danger.

4.5      For service personnel, warning labels shall be located so as to be
         visible before or immediately upon removal of protective shield of area
         to be serviced.

4.6      Caution markings intended to inform the user of a potential risk of
         injury to persons shall be prefixed by the signal word `CAUTION’,
         `WARNING’ or `DANGER’. This word shall be more prominent than
         any other markings on the appliance. Where applicable, a caution
         marking intended to instruct the user shall be legible and visible from
         his/her position that renders maximum exposure to risk.

4.7      A label intended to protect against potential injury to persons shall be

         NOTE 1         Permanent labels refer to those labels which are etched, moulded, die-
                        stamped, paint-stencilled, permanently secured stamp (etched metal) or
                        indelibly stamped lettering on a pressure sensitive label secured by
                        adhesive. Intended Usage, Handling and storage should be considered in
                        the determination of permanence of the marking.

         NOTE 2         In addition to permanent labels, other types of labels may include: hang
                        tag, tape, card, sticker, or similar labels secured to the container, product or
                        outer packaging.

4.8      Warning or Caution labels shall be located on a part of the appliance
         that cannot be removed without impairing the operation or damaging
         the physical appearance of the appliance.

4.9      Requirements for appliances that use ozone depleting substances
         (ODS) shall be in accordance with Grenada National Standard:
         Specification for the Labelling of Commodities – Labelling of
         products and equipment utilizing ozone depleting substance and/or
         their substitutes (presently under development).

4.10     For appliances that use any substance that may be harmful to the
         environment or chemicals that require special attention, the following
         shall be marked on such appliances.

4.10.1   A warning statement in the form of:

         “WARNING this appliance contains (name of substance).”

4.11     Warning statements shall not interfere with or detract from any other
         labelling information that is on the appliance.

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4.12     All statements shall be in the English Language with the exception of
         brand names, manufacturers names or addresses.

4.13     All statements shall be printed or written in the English alphabet with
         or without accent signs. All numbers on the label shall be in Arabic or
         Roman numerals or in words. Letter symbols, graphical symbols or
         numerical symbols may be used.

4.14     When the label contains information in a foreign language the English
         statements shall be separate from the statements in the foreign
         language (with the exception of brand names, manufacturers names or
         addresses) in the following forms:

         (a)    the full English statement followed by the full foreign language
                statement separated by a line or appropriate spacing;

         (b)    a line by line translation of the English statements with the
                foreign language in a different type or colour or font; or

         (c)    a separate label for each language.

4.15     If letter symbols are used they shall be in accordance with IEC
         Publication 60027.

4.16     If graphical symbols are used, they shall be in accordance with IEC
         Publication 60617.

4.17     Conflict

4.17.1   Where there appears to be a conflict between the requirements of this
         standard and the requirements of any other Grenada Standard which
         prescribes requirements for specific appliances, the latter shall take

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Committee Representation

The Preparation of this standard for the Standards Council established under the
Standards Act 1989, was carried out under the supervision of the Bureau’s Consumer
Products Technical Committee.

Mr. John Telesford, Chairman                 Courts Grenada Ltd.

Mr. Michael Mitchell                         Jonas Browne & Hubbards (G’da) Ltd.

Mr. Victor Smith                             Grenada Bottling Company Ltd.

Mr Phillip Purcell                           Today’s Wonders Ltd.

Mr. James Jones                              Cromwell Scott & Co. Ltd.

Mr. John Auguste                             Ministry of Communications & Works

Mr. Derek Romain                             Prices & Consumer Affairs Unit

Mrs. Lorna Douglas                           Singer Sewing Machine Company

Mr. Nicholas Joseph                          Kool Temp Grenada Ltd.

Mr. Ahmin Baksh                              Grenada Electricity Services Ltd.

Dr Peter Radix                               Technical Secretary, Grenada Bureau of


Acknowledgement is made to the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards for use
of material taken from TTS 76: Part 13: 2000 “Labelling of Domestic Electrical

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0.    Foreword …………………………………………………………… 1

1.0   Scope ………………………………………………………………. 2

2.0   Normative References ……………………………………………… 2

3.0   Terms and Definitions ……………………………………………… 2

4.0   Requirements ……………………………………………………….. 4

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Standards Council

The Standards Council is the controlling body of the Bureau of Standards and is
responsible for the policy and general administration of the Bureau.

The Council is appointed by the Minister in the manner provided for in the Standards
Act, 1989. Using its powers in the Standards Act, the Council appointed committees
for specified purposes.

The Standards Act, 1989 set out the duties of the Council and the steps to be followed
for the formulation of a standard.

Preparation of standards documents

The following is an outline of the procedure which must be followed in the
preparation of documents:

1.             The preparation of standards documents is undertaken upon the
               Standards Council’s authorization. This may arise out of
               representations from national organizations or existing Bureau of
               Standards committees or Bureau staff. If the project is approved, it is
               referred to the appropriate sectional committee or if none exists a new
               committee is formed, or the project is allotted to the Bureau staff.

2.             If necessary, when the final draft of a standard is ready, the Council
               authorizes an approach to the Minister in order to obtain the formal
               concurrence of any other minister who may be responsible for any area
               which the standard may affect.

3.             With the approval of the Standards Council, the draft document is
               made available for general public comment. All interested parties, by
               means of a notice in the press, are invited to comment. In addition,
               copies are forwarded to those known to be interested in the subject.

4.             The committee considers all the comments received and recommends a
               final document to the Standards Council.

5.             The Standards Council recommends the document to the Minister for

6.             The Minister approves the recommendation of the Standards Council.

7.             The declaration of the standard is gazetted and copies placed on sale.

8.             On the recommendation of the Standards Council, the Minister may
               declare a standard compulsory.

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9.             Amendments to, and revision of standards normally require the same
               procedure as applied to the preparation of the original standard.

The Standard Mark

The Standard Mark is a symbolic warranty applied to products manufactured in
conformity with Grenadian standards backed by quality assurance procedures
approved by the Bureau of Standards.

To obtain the use of the Standards Mark, the following conditions must be satisfied:

               -      there must be a standard to which the product adheres,
               -      there should be facilities for proper quality control, either at the
                      factory or at an institution approved by the Bureau,
               -      there should be a system of proper record keeping in
                      accordance with the Bureau’s recommendations,
               -      there should be compliance with any other requirements laid
                      down by the Bureau.

This Mark is beneficial to the manufacturer, merchant and consumer and also aids the
country with its export products by:

               -      augmenting the prestige of the product,
               -      increasing sales volume,
               -      providing a precise guarantee of constant quality in production,
               -      eliminating competition from inferior goods,
               -      increasing export earnings and competitiveness of Grenadian
                      goods in overseas markets.

Further particulars of the terms of licence may be obtained from the office of the
Bureau of Standards.

Overseas standards documents

The Grenada Bureau of Standards maintains a reference library which includes the
standards of many overseas standards organizations. These standards can be
upon request.

Application to use the reference library and to purchase Grenadian standards
documents should be addressed to:

Grenada Bureau of Standards
Lagoon Road
P.O. Box 2036
Grenada, W.I.

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