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Plans to Implement a Single Standard for Plugs & Socket Outlets in Sri Lanka

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The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka has announced it plans to start implementing the use of only one type of plug and socket outlet within the country.

The PUCSL “has decided to create an enabling environment, issue the necessary regulations, and facilitate the participation of other regulatory agencies to ensure that Sri Lanka systematically moves to using one type of plug and socket outlet. Accordingly, PUCSL has decided that the Type G plug and socket outlet (widely known as the 13 ampere plug and socket outlet, commonly referred to as the ‘square pin’ plug and socket) to be the only national standard to be used in Sri Lanka,” according to the Consultation Paper on the Implementation of a Single Standard for Plugs and Socket Outlets in Sri Lanka for Non-industrial Applications.

The IEC World Plugs chart lists Type G as an electrical plug that “has three rectangular blades in a triangular pattern and has an incorporated fuse (usually a 3 amp fuse for smaller appliances such as a computer and a 13 amps one for heavy duty appliances such as heaters).” Type G plug pattern is used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, and a number of other countries.

“The Commission proposes to prohibit the import or manufacture of appliances with plugs other than the Type G plug, from 1st May 2016. The Commission proposes to prohibit the sale of appliances and equipment with plugs other than the Type G plug, from 1st May 2017,” according to the Consultation Paper.

One of the main reasons for this decision relates to electrical safety. There are a number of different plugs and sockets presently being used in Sri Lanka, making it confusing, as well as unsafe in some instances.

To see the list of complete dates for this transition or for more information, see the notice on the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka’s website (www.pucsl.gov.lk/english/notices/9632).

Sources:
Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka—www.pucsl.gov.lk/english/notices/9632

PUCSL Consultation Paper—www.pucsl.gov.lk/english/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Consultation-Paper-_Draft-MK-JRL-TS-25-Aug-2015_-to-PUCSL.pdf

IEC World Plugs—www.iec.ch/worldplugs

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