The Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL), Aurora, Colo., recently released 40 low-voltage electrical reconditioning standards aimed at electrical supply houses and contractors interested in how to recondition or test and inspect the quality of recycled low-voltage electrical apparatus. Standards cover:

  • Disconnect switches
  • Circuit breakers
  • Panelboards
  • Transformers
  • Motor control center buckets & assemblies
  • Motor control devices
  • Wire & cable
  • Bus duct

In addition, the standards fall into two categories:

Reconditioning — includes test & inspection and reconditioning procedures.

Test & inspection — does not include reconditioning procedures and documentation.

Founded in 1997, PEARL is an electrical apparatus recycling trade association that creates, collects, and disseminates information, policies, procedures, and standards to ensure the proper recycling and reuse of electrical power equipment. PEARL's low-voltage apparatus standards are available for free via the association's Web site at