For the first time, the Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) is making its Inspect & Test Standards available to the public.

PEARL's Technical Committee recently finalized Revision 3 of the Inspect & Test Standards, and for the first time, the PEARL Board of Directors has approved the release of the standards to the general public through a free download from the organization's website.

Revision 3 includes six new standards, covering several important electrical apparatus categories, including Low-Voltage (LV) Magnetic Starters, LV Motor Starters, Protection Relays, and LV and Medium Voltage (MV) Fuses. The latest revision also includes a new section introduction for the LV and MV Fuses, as well as 23 proposed standards that were voted on by PEARL's Board of Directors at this month's annual Electrical Safety & Reliability Conference and Exhibition in April.

PEARL Inspect and Test Standards provide inspection, cleaning, testing, and documentation instructions and guidelines that -- when followed by trained technicians -- will provide evidence that an electrical device is free of inherent flaws or faults. The PEARL Inspect and Test Standard is neither a reconditioning standard, nor does it promise extended service life or improve reliability. It is intended to indicate that the equipment or device in its present state shows no indication of damage and tests satisfactorily to manufacturer or industry operational specifications.

This standard may be used to assess the condition of any product covered in the Inspect and Test Standards whether the product is new, unused, or previously has been in service. For maintenance professionals, this standard may serve as a shop or field inspection guideline for material already in service as it may aide in predicting and averting future failures and by calling attention to elements of the equipment or device that fail during testing and require electrical reconditioning.