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No Safety Labels? Shocking!

Non-listed and labelled electrical equipment are a growing concern in the Cayman Islands.

The Department of Planning would like to inform suppliers of electrical equipment, contractors, and the general public that electrical equipment being imported or installed in the Cayman Islands is required to be certified as being free from electrical hazard.

Non-certified equipment may pose a serious life-safety hazard to persons in the workplace or home through shock or fire which may result in serious injury or death.

The most cost effective manner to ensure this requirement is met is for the equipment in question to be listed and labelled by a nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL) or other testing agency recognized by the Department of Planning such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

Manufacturing equipment and uniquely designed systems may be unlisted and can delay the review and inspection process as they would then require certification through a field listing report.

A complete list of qualified independent testing laboratories acceptable to the Department can be found on OSHA's website at Not all laboratories provide verification of compliance for every type of standard, so you should contact the facility you select to clarify the needed testing.

If there are additional questions or concerns regarding an electrical product, please contact the Building Control Unit of the Department of Planning at (345) 769-7526.

Labelled and Listed Defined

Labelled: Equipment or materials to which has been attached a label, symbol, or other identifying mark of an organization that is acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction and concerned with product evaluation, that maintains periodic inspection of production of labelled equipment or materials, and by whose labelling the manufacturer indicates compliance with appropriate standards or performance in a specified manner.

Listed: Equipment, materials, or services included in a list published by an organization that is acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction and concerned with evaluation of products or services, that maintains periodic inspection of production of listed equipment or materials or periodic evaluation of services, and whose listing states that the equipment, material, or services either meets appropriate designated standards or has been tested and found suitable for a specified purpose.

For further information contact: Bina Mani