Posted January 9, 2023

PGMA issues call for user comments on standard revision

The Portable Generator Manufacturers' Association (PGMA) has put out a "Call for Members" for its BSR/PGMA G300-201x, Safety and Performance of Portable Generators (revision of ANSI/PGMA G300-2018) Standard which is currently under revision. The proposed revisions include adding additional requirements related to carbon monoxide safety concerns.

PGMA members will have an opportunity to vote as well as provide comments to the proposed revisions to the ANSI/PGMA G300 standard.

PGMA is specifically seeking members in the "user" category, which is defined as:

"Those who are predominantly interested in the use of the product, materials, or services. This category usually includes consumers, customers of product producers, distributors, retailers, etc. and may include regulatory agencies, safety associations, certification agencies, and similar organizations."

In 2018, PGMA released the ANSI/PGMA G300-2018 standard revision, which was the first in industry to address carbon monoxide safety concerns from the misuse of generators through CO-shut off technology which has been found to be 99% effective at eliminating fatalities. Significant industry adoption of the technology and the standard has occurred and PGMA continues to work on enhancements to the standard.

The proposed revision of the standard will focus on revising the carbon monoxide shutoff system requirements to not only continue to eliminate nearly all fatalities, but also to reduce the risk of injury due to carbon monoxide poisoning associated with the misuse of a portable generator by operating it in an enclosed space.

Contact PGMA at or by calling 216-241-7333 for more information and to participate in the comment period no later than January 31, 2023.