EnergySafe Magazine Summer 2018/19, issue 52 - Page 12

Latest news Summer 2018/19 energysafe issue 52 EESS to empower consumers of electrical goods By Adam Murdoch, Head of Electrical Equipment Safety and Efficiency Revised AS 3814 published By Kevin Dwyer, Gas Safety Officer New requirements will soon be put in place for household electrical goods with the introduction of the Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme (EESS). The EESS – developed by Australian energy regulators including Energy Safe Victoria and passed into law by the Victorian Government in September – addresses the increasing numbers of recalls and the deteriorating standard of electrical goods. The new legislation will target importers and manufacturers based in Australia and establishes a national database where suppliers must register as ‘responsible suppliers’. The national database will be searchable and include a register of certifications, responsible suppliers and registered products. Consumers will be able to check that a product is registered and identify the responsible supplier for the product. This includes purchases made online from Australian suppliers. “Previously, Victoria’s electrical equipment safety system was designed for electrical equipment manufactured in Australia by large Australian-based companies. The new EESS requirements address a significant shift where most electrical equipment is now manufactured offshore.” He said. The EESS is a national program, and Victoria is the second jurisdiction to pass an EESS Bill through its parliament after Queensland. The EESS Bill passed the Victorian Parliament without amendment on 8 September. We will keep you posted about the plan for implementation. ESV encourages all Type B gas practitioners to familiarise themselves with the new version of AS 3814, as it will form the basis for all applications that ESV reviews for Type B appliance acceptance. Some changes worth noting in this revision include the addition of new clauses relating to purging after flame failure, safety shut-off valve concessions, and the use of flexible gas hoses in valve trains. The revised AS 3814:2018 is available on SAI Global. If you have any questions in relation to the new standards or ESV’s application acceptance process, contact ESV’s Gas Technical Helpline on 1800 652 563. A single regulatory compliance mark, known as the RCM (pictured), will identify appliances that comply with Australian standards of safety. Regulators will be able to trace products back to the relevant supplier and, if necessary, contact other responsible suppliers that are importing the same or similar equipment. “When it is implemented, the EESS will empower Victorian consumers to make more informed decisions about the electrical appliances they buy,” Director of Energy Safety, Paul Fearon said. “It also allows for a significant increase in check-testing by regulators.” The EESS Bill is available to at esv.vic.gov.au/eess-legislation- andregulations 12 AS 3814:2018 – Industrial and Commercial Gas- Fired Appliances, which supersedes AS 3184:2015 was published on 25 October 2018.