UL 859, Household Electric Personal Grooming Appliances

Effective January 8, 2018

Standard Information
Standard Number:
UL 859
Standard Name:
Household Electric Personal Grooming Appliances
Standard Edition and Issue Date:
11th Edition Dated June 20, 2012
Date of Revisions:
December 7, 2016
Date of Previous Revisions to Standard:
11th Edition Dated December 17, 2013
Effective Date of New/Revised Requirements

Effective Date: January 8, 2018

Impact, Overview, Fees and Action Required

Impact Statement: A review of all Listing Reports is necessary to determine which products comply with new/revised requirements and which products will require re-evaluation. NOTE: Effective immediately, this revised standard will be exclusively used for evaluation of new products unless the Applicant requests in writing that current requirements be used along with their understanding that their listings will be withdrawn on Effective Date noted above, unless the product is found to comply with new/revised requirements.

Overview of Changes: Addition of requirements for personal grooming appliances incorporating button or coin cell batteries of lithium technologies. Specific details of new/revised requirements are found in table below.

If the applicable requirements noted in the table are not described in your report(s), these requirements will need to be confirmed as met and added to your report(s) such as markings, instructions, test results, etc. (as required).

Client Action Required:

Information – To assist our Engineer with review of your Listing Reports, please submit technical information in response to the new/revised paragraphs noted in the attached or explain why these new/revised requirements do not apply to your product (s).

Current Listings Not Active? – Please immediately identify any current Listing Reports or products that are no longer active and should be removed from our records. We will do this at no charge as long as Intertek is notified in writing prior to the review of your reports.

Description of New/Revised Technical Requirements
33A New section added;

Button or Coin Cell Batteries of Lithium Technologies
33A.1 To reduce the risk of injury due to battery ingestion by small children, the battery compartment of an appliance or any accessory, such as a wireless control, incorporating one or more coin cell batteries of lithium technologies shall comply with the Standard for Products Incorporating Button or Coin Cell Batteries of Lithium Technologies, UL 4200, if the appliance or any accessory is intended for use with one or more single cell batteries having a diameter of 1.25 inches (32 mm) maximum with a diameter greater than its height.

Exception: Not applicable to appliances and accessories intended for fixed installation at a height no less than 4 feet (1.2 m) from floor.

CUSTOMERS PLEASE NOTE: This Table and column "Verdict" can be used in determining how your current or future production is or will be in compliance with new/revised requirements.