KOTA KINABALU: A safety standard for vaping devices is being considered amid growing concerns about the long-term health impact on the public.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Wilfred Tangau said SIRIM Bhd through its subsidiary SIRIM QAS International had the capability to test the safety of the devices.
The safety tests for vape devices would focus on, among others, the lithium Ion batteries used in the devices including their ability to withstand lower altitudes of 11.6kPa or less for at least six hours. (Normal sea level pressure is 101.3kPa).
Wilfred said others tests – such as thermal cycle, vibrations, mechanical shock, crushed, forced discharge, abnormal charging, free fall, thermal abuse, incorrect installation and over discharge – could also be carried out.
“Each of these tests would ensure there was no short circuiting, explosion, fire, leakage or rupture to the batteries,” he said in a statement on Saturday.
In the case of e-cigarettes, he said these devices would usually use regular chargers or adapters that were already subject to certain standards such as MS: MS IEC 60335-1: 2013 and EN IEC 60335-2-29: 2005.
Wilfred said authorities would have to draw up standards for the liquids used in vaping devices or e-cigarettes before any testing could be done on them.
However, SIRIM QAS International can assess these liquids for the presence of heavy metal contaminants and other harmful substances as well as their carcinogenic content.
Wilfred said manufacturers and distributors of these devices could voluntarily have them tested to ensure their safety.
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