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Reference EN 60335-2-72:2012
Title Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-72: Particular requirements for floor treatment machines with or without traction drive, for commercial use
Project Number 23205
Abstract/Scope IEC 60335-2-72:2012(E) deals with the safety of powered ride-on and powered walk-behind machines intended for commercial indoor or outdoor use for the following applications: - sweeping, - scrubbing, - wet or dry pick-up, - polishing, - application of wax, sealing products and powder based detergents, - shampooing of floors with an artificial surface. Their cleaning motion is more linear than lateral or periodic. This standard applies to machines for commercial use. The following list, although not comprehensive, gives an indication of locations that are included in the scope: - public use areas such as hotels, schools, hospitals; - industrial locations, for example factories and manufacturing shops; - retail outlets, for example shops and supermarkets; - business premises, for example offices and banks; - all uses other than normal housekeeping purposes. They may be equipped with a traction drive system. The following power systems are covered: - internal combustion engines, - mains powered motors up to a rated voltage of 250 V for single-phase appliances and 480 V for other appliances and - battery powered motors. Battery powered machines may be equipped with a built-in battery charger. This third edition cancels and replaces the second edition published in 2002 and its Amendment 1 (2005). It constitutes a technical revision. The principal changes in this edition as compared with the second edition of IEC 60335-2-72 are as follows (minor changes are not listed). The standard has be revised completely and changed significantly, in particular with regard to the following clauses: - the title has been changed for better distinction with regard to IEC 60335-2-67; - the scope has been revised editorially to avoid misunderstandings; - Clause 3 has been revised with regard to the requirements revised; - the standard has been revised in general and updated regarding state-of-the-art, as far as necessary, in particular some changes have been made to Clauses 15, 22, and 25; - the markings and instructions (Clause 7) have been revised basically; - a new Annex DD 'Emission of acoustical noise' was added; - and a new Annex EE 'Emission of vibration' was added. Keywords: Floor treatment machine; walk-behind machines, traction drive.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2012-08-24
Current Stage code deadline 2013-05-03
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Directive(s) MD (2006/42/EC)
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IEC Technical Body IEC/SC 61J
Reference Document IEC 60335-2-72:2012 (MOD)
ICS 97.080 - Floor treatment appliances
Keywords Household; Safety; Floor treatment; Traction drive
Note Supersedes EN 60335-2-72:2009 *Incorporates FprAA (PR=23936) covering common modifications * 2012-04-06: Publication allocated to
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Product Life Cycle


Deadline Date
6060 2012-08-24 2013-05-03 export to doc file  EN  FR
5099 2012-05-03 2012-05-31  
5060 2012-03-19 2012-04-09 export to doc file  EN
5020 2012-01-13 2012-03-16  
3090 2011-04-15 2011-10-31  
5060 2011-04-11 2011-05-02 export to doc file  EN
5020 2010-11-05 2011-04-08  
1090 2010-11-02 2010-11-05  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2012-05-03
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2012-08-24
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2012-11-03
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 2013-05-03
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 2015-05-03


Supersedes EN 60335-2-72:2009
Superseded by  
Normative reference (6) ISO 3411
ISO 5353
ISO 6344-2
ISO 13849-1
ISO 13857
ISO 25119 series
EN 60068-2-78:2001
EN 60312-1
EN 62061

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