EnergySafe Magazine Summer 2018/19, issue 52 - Page 11

esv.vic.gov.au ESV Zero Tolerance strategy Type B gas appliance audits begin By Paul Harris, Head of Gas Operations By Paul Harris, Head of Gas Operations Char grills-clearances to grease filters. ESV has begun random audits of approved Type B appliance installations that have been in service for over three years. As a result of recent inspection activity, Energy Safe Victoria has identified repeated installation non-compliance. The identified non-compliance involves commercial kitchens and the clearances between grease filters and char grills. The minimum required clearance is currently 1350 millimetres. AS/NZS 5601.1:2013 [Amendment 4] Clause 6.10.2.2, Additional Requirements for Installation of Specific Gas Appliances, Commercial Catering Equipment – Clearances to a Grease Filter states that:  The clearance between any part of a grease filter and the nearest part of the cooking surface or trivet shall not be less than the clearance specified in Table 6.9. ESV has now added the minimum clearance between grease filters and char grills to its list of zero tolerance fault items. As of the date of this notification, please be advised that gas installations that fail to meet the minimum clearance prescribed by the Australian Standard will be escalated to ESV Investigations and will receive an Infringement Notice incurring 4 penalty units for an individual or 20 penalty units for a company. Watch ESV's guide to the Australian Standards for the Installation of Commercial Kitchens and Appliances at www.esv.vic.gov.au/commercial- kitchen-gas-installation-guide By Paul Harris, Head of Gas Operations The purpose of these audits is to ensure that the owner of the appliance is fulfilling their obligations under section 30 of the Victorian Gas Safety (Gas Installation) Regulations 2018. Section 35 outlines the responsibilities of the owner to maintain the appliance in a safe condition and a proper state of repair, and to retain maintenance, repair and modification records for a period of at least three years. Section 30 outlines the following. Duty to keep complex gas installation in a proper state of repair A person who is the owner of a complex gas installation must- a) keep the installation safe and in a proper state of repair; and b) keep any Type B appliance contained in the complex gas installation in a safe condition and in a proper state of repair; and During the site visit, ESV will carry out a visual inspection of the appliance and conduct an examination of the owner’s maintenance records to determine their compliance with the regulations. It is estimated that site visits will take around an hour to complete, and the owner will be given sufficient lead time to prepare their records for presentation to ESV at the time of the visit. On completion of the audit, the owner or operator will be given a written report outlining the outcome of the audit and any further action that may be required. The regulations state that Type B gas practitioners are required to provide their customers with a detailed report whenever any service, maintenance or repair is carried out on the appliance. This requirement extends to any work which is not invoiced to the customer (for example warranty repairs). c) keep records relating to the service, maintenance, repair and modification of the complex gas installation and any Type B appliance contained in the complex gas installation for a period of three years after the relevant service, maintenance, repair or If you have any questions in modification. Extract from Victorian Gas Safety (Gas Installation) Regulations 2018 relation to these audits, regula- tions or the audit process, con- tact our Gas Technical Helpline on 1800 652 563. 11