Technical Committee (TC) SAFETY Activity Report 2019

Chair: Brian Copsey, ASP

Responsible for co-ordinating safety and EMF requirements between ETSI and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), and for co-ordinating ETSI’s position on telecommunications equipment safety.

ETSI’s Safety committee (TC SAFETY) monitors developments in electromagnetic fields (EMF), electrical safety and safety in cable television systems, as these impact the interests of ETSI members.

The role of SAFETY is quite distinct from other ETSI Technical Committees. While it does not normally write standards, the primary role of the committee is as an information exchange, collecting information from other bodies including CENELEC, IEC, ITU, WHO and the EU for distribution to ETSI members.

Thus the committee has primary responsibility for ETSI deliverables dealing with electronic communications equipment safety as well as electronic communications installations safety. It also co-ordinates ETSI positions on electronic communications and systems safety requirements, while ensuring that work within TC SAFETY is co-ordinated with other European and International Standards organizations in order to establish, wherever possible, globally-applicable standards for telecommunications equipment safety and to avoid duplication of effort. As an illustration of this, the committee interacts with CLC/TC106X, and with the EC for any work on Directives related to Safety in order to provide information for ETSI members.

TC SAFETY’s continuing focus in 2019 has been in relation to implementation of the Radio Equipment Directive (RED). Here TC SAFETY works with CENELEC – which is responsible for the development of Harmonised Standards for EMF in Europe – to review current standards in the light of the changes brought about by the RED.

During the year TC SAFETY continued to monitor related work in CEN/CENELEC (specifically CLC/TC106X: Electromagnetic fields in the human environment). The committee also participated in the EC Low Voltage Directive (2014/35/EC) Working Party to distribute relevant EC notifications.