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Imported Incubators - results

Trading Standards release test results on unsafe imported incubators

Incubators which have been found to be non-compliant are show below - information has been taken directly from reports supplied to Brinsea Products Ltd by North Somerset Trading Standards & Passed onto Distributors. For more information and to read the full report on each model please contact NSTS directly. These tests only looked at electrical safety and compliance, performance and incubation results were not assessed.


7 Egg Incubator

  • It was considered that the departures and observations detailed in this report were such that this egg incubator did not meet with the principal elements of the safety objectives listed in Schedule 3 of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994.
  • It was not adequately protected from the hazards caused by water spillage or leakage. This would present a shock hazard. The construction was such that water was prone to leak through the grill and come into contact with live parts of the element.
  • Its supply cord had not been supplied with an adequate means for cord anchorage.
  • It had not been marked with the name or trademark of the manufacturer or responsible supplier.
  • It had not been marked with its electrical rating.
  • The appliance was not provided with an adequate set of instructions. The limited instructions provided were poorly written and not easy to understand. Its inadvertent misuse could lead to a hazard.
  • The supply cord was inadequate as it had incorporated an earthing conductor. The machine was also fitted with a non-UK plug which was not enclosed within an approved conversion plug.

 

24 Egg Incubator

  • This sample did not comply with the Plugs and Sockets Etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994 as it had not been fitted with an approved, standard plug complying with BS1363 or a suitable conversion plug enclosing the non-UK plug. It was supplied with a multi function travel adaptor (travel adaptors are not a suitable means for the long term connection of devices) which was unsuitable and it was concluded that it did not comply with Regulation 5 of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994. It was considered that there was a risk of injury, electric shock or fire from the use of the incubator with this adaptor.
  • The incubator was not marked with the specified warnings and the instructions did not contain the necessary warnings.

 


P&T Poultry 60 Egg incubator

  • It was considered that the departures and observations detailed in this report were such that this egg incubator did not meet with the principal elements of the safety objectives listed in Schedule 3 of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994.
  • The incubator had inadequate insulation. There was a risk of electric shock.
  • The incubator was inadequately constructed. The test finger had access to live parts and to parts with only basic insulation. There was a risk of electric shock.
  • The incubator was not provided with an adequate means for anchoring the cord. Any pulling or twisting of the cord caused a movement that placed a strain on the terminals. A failed termination could lead to arcing and, in extreme circumstances, to live parts being exposed.
  • The sample had not been supplied with an adequate set of instructions and it had not been marked with its rating information and required warnings. Item 1 (a) of Schedule 3 requires this information to be provided.
  • The metal sleeve of the thermostat was loose. It was impossible to tell at what temperature the thermostat had been set.
  • It was concluded that the sample did not comply with Regulation 5 of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994. The sample could not be regarded as being safe and constructed in accordance with principles of good engineering practice.

 

P & T POULTRY 48 Egg incubator

  • This appliance was supplied with a cord set in order to allow the incubator to be connected to the supply. British Standards state that connectors shall be marked with the name, trade mark or identification mark of the maker or responsible vendor and its type reference. The connector had not been marked with this information.
  • The connector had been connected with the wrong polarity. The aperture marked as the live had been connected to the neutral terminal in the plug and the aperture marked as neutral had been connected to the live side of the supply. It was considered that in all probability, this was a counterfeit plug and that the approval marks had been illegally applied.
  • The incubator had inadequate protection against electric shock. There was access to basic insulation.
  • The sample could not be regarded as being safe and constructed in accordance with principles of good engineering practice.
  • The incubator was not marked with the specified warnings and the instructions did not contain the necessary warnings.
  • The cord set did not comply with BSEN 60799. As a result of these departures, it was concluded that the cord set did not comply with Regulation 5 of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994. There was a serious risk of fire and/or electric shock whilst using the incubator with the cord set supplied.

 


Unknown Brand

  • The incubator was not marked with the specified warnings and the instructions did not contain the necessary warning. The instructions with this sample were considered to be poor. They did not give any general electrical safety warnings and the warnings specified in the British Standard had not between included.
  • Item 1 (b) of Schedule 3 of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 requires the manufacturer's brand name or trade mark to be clearly printed on the electrical equipment. Its absence therefore, is a departure from these regulations.
  • The incubator was not marked with the specified warnings and the instructions did not contain the necessary warning.

 

Unbranded 60 Egg Incubator

  • It was considered that the departures and observations detailed in this report were such that this incubator did not meet with the principal elements of the safety objectives listed in Schedule 3 of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994.
  • There was inadequate protection against electric shock. There was access to live parts in the lid section.
  • The insulation was inadequate. The insulation allowed a flashover when the electric strength test was applied between live parts and accessible metal parts.
  • There was concern over the statement in the instructions that informed the user that the incubator could be ‘wrapped in knitted fabric’. Without adequate guidance in this respect there was concern over the effects on the enclosure and other insulations since the heater did not appear to have any overtemperature safety device.
  • The incubator had not been marked with the manufacturer's brand name or trade mark to be clearly printed on the electrical equipment.
  • The instructions were considered to be inadequate.

 

9 Egg Incubator

  • The appliance did not have an adequate means for cord anchorage.
  • The appliance was not adequately protected from water leakage. This sample was not provided with a drain hole. Should water leak or spill from the water container, it could collect in the base of the appliance and come into contact with the windings of the drive motor.
  • The sample had not been supplied with an adequate set of instructions and the appliance had not been marked with the required warnings.
  • The sample could not be regarded as being safe and constructed in accordance with principles of good engineering practice.

 

9 Egg Incubator

  • Item 1 (b) of Schedule 3 of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 requires the manufacturer's brand name or trade mark to be clearly printed on the electrical equipment. Its absence therefore, is a departure from these regulations.
  • The sample had not been supplied with an adequate set of instructions to ensure the safe and correct assembly, use and maintenance of the equipment. The lack of adequate instructions is therefore a departure from these regulations.
  • The instructions state that 100 ml of water should be placed in the base of the unit and that this level needs to be checked. The base was not marked with any max/min levels to assist in this practice.

 

Janoel 24 Egg Incubator

  • The instructions with this sample were considered to be poor.
  • The incubator was not marked with the specified warnings and the instructions did not contain the necessary warnings.

 

Please note: Other Chinese imported incubators are due to be investigated by Trading Standards.