New standard for battery safety

30 April 2021

BSI, in its role as the UK National Standards Body, publishes the first standard to address the safety issues posed by button (non-lithium) and coin (lithium) batteries, and provide a consistent approach for products that contain these batteries. It is sponsored by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS).

The new standard, named PAS 7055:2021, Button and coin batteries – Safety requirements – Specification, is aligned with The General Product Safety Regulations 2005 (GPSR) which requires that new and used consumer products placed on the market are safe.

It specifies safety requirements for button and coin batteries up to 32 mm in diameter to mitigate the risk of ingestion. It also defines the safety requirements for manufacturers and producers of button and coin batteries, including the consumer products that use them, and the retailers and distributors of these products. The requirements cover labelling, instructions and packaging, alignment of safety and health warnings, merchandising, safe disposal and product safety of typical consumer products using button and coin batteries.  

Anne Hayes, Director of Sectors at BSI said: “With recent developments in product design and technology, batteries are now available in a wide range of consumer products which can be aimed at vulnerable groups including children. PAS 7055 is an important step to address the safety issues posed by batteries to protect consumers.”

The standards have been developed by a steering group1 of consumers and experts from the battery, retail and safety industries.

Download the standard free of charge here:

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Notes to the editor:

1Steering group

British and Irish Portable Battery Association (BIPBA); British Retail Consortium (BRC); BSI Consumer and Public Interest Network; Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT); Davies Development and Testing Ltd.; Electrical Safety First (ESF); National Poisons Information Service (NPIS); Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS); The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA); and UL LLC.