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Reference EN 60480:2004
Title Guidelines for the checking and treatment of sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) taken from electrical equipment and specification for its re-use
Project Number 15643
Abstract/Scope Concerns the re-use of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) after removal from electrical equipment (for maintenance, or at the end of life). This standard recommends procedures for reclaiming used SF6 and for restoring its quality to an acceptable level, which would allow the filling of new or existing electrical equipment. This standard provides guidance to operational and maintenance personnel for the testing and safe handling of used SF6 . The main changes with respect to the previous edition are listed below: - updating of standard as it relates to environmental issues, storage and analytical methods; - addition of specification for the re-use of gas; - inclusion of a regeneration process for sulfur hexafluoride taken from electrical equipment.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2004-12-16
Current Stage code deadline 2005-08-01
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IEC Technical Body IEC/TC 10
Reference Document IEC 60480:2004 (EQV)
ICS 29.040.20 - Insulating gases
29.130 - Switchgear and controlgear
Keywords Sulphur hexafluoride; SF6; Checking; Treatment
Special National Condition(s)  


Categories - Aspects
Product Life Cycle
All Emissions to air - SF6 Manufacturing, Use, Recovery, Disposal B2B, B2C
6 Emissions to air - SF6 Manufacturing, Use, Recovery, Disposal B2B, B2C
10 Emissions to air - SF6 Manufacturing, Use, Recovery, Disposal B2B, B2C


Deadline Date
6060 2004-12-16 2005-08-01 export to doc file  EN
5099 2004-11-01 2005-02-01  
5061 2004-09-29 2004-11-01  
5020 2004-06-25 2004-09-03  
4099 2003-08-01 2003-11-30  
4020 2003-01-17 2003-06-20  
3099 2003-01-14 2003-01-17  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2004-11-01
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2004-12-16
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2005-02-01
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 2005-08-01
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 2007-11-01


Superseded by  
Normative reference (6) IEC 60050-191:1990
IEC 60050-212:1990
IEC 60050-441:1984
HD 384.2 S2:2001
IEC 60376:1971
IEC 60376-A:1973
EN 60694:1996
corr. April 1998
corr. May 1999
IEC/TR 61634:1995
IEC 60376B2:1974

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(2) Date of availability (dav) date when the definitive text in the official language versions of an approved CEN/CENELEC publication is distributed by the Central Secretariat

(3) Date of announcement (doa) latest date by which the existence of an EN (and HD for CENELEC), a TS or a CWA has to be announced at national level

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