EnergySafe Magazine Summer 2018/19, issue 52 - Page 22

Gas news Summer 2018/19 energysafe issue 52 Revisions to AS 4575 Gas Appliances—Quality of Servicing By Enzo Alfonsetti, Manager Type A Gas Appliance & Component Safety and AG006/GTRC chairman The recent coronial inquest into the death of Sonia Sofianopoulos from carbon monoxide poisoning, which occurred due to a Vulcan Heritage space heater operating in a negative pressure environment, highlighted the importance of testing open-flued space heaters for combustion product spillage. At the inquest’s conclusion, the Coroner made eight recommendations. One of the recommendations focused on the need to amend Australian Standard AS 4575 Gas Appliances-Quality of Servicing, to incorporate the open-flued appliance combustion products spillage test from AS/NZS 5601.1, Appendix R. AS 4575 which covers the minimum quality requirements for managing and delivering Type A gas appliance servicing and installation is not currently mandated through legislation and has not been revised or amended since 2005. Standards Australia had recognised the need to review the standard some years before the inquest. In response, ESV submitted a project proposal for the standard’s revision. The AG012 committee that developed the original standard was no longer constituted, so the project was reallocated to the AG006 committee (also responsible for installation standards AS/NZS 5601.1 and AS/NZS 5601.2), which commenced its review in 2016. Following significant work, a draft of AS 4575 was published for public comment in October 2018. The draft covers a number of proposed changes and other information, the most important aspects of which include: » the standard’s scope, which has been expanded to cover the minimum requirements for Type A appliance servicing, repair and conversion from one gas type to another, related aspects of gas installations and their associated quality management systems, site familiarisation and OHS risk assessment, and the competency of personnel » a comprehensive combustion products spillage testing procedure and flowchart for open flued appliances » guidance on quality management systems for organisations that deliver servicing, repair, or conversion of Type A appliances » details to consider when inspecting an appliance before servicing, the tools and equipment required, and the steps to be taken with dangerous appliances and installations » appliance repair requirements (including the repair or replacement of components) » electrical safety requirements (including an informative appendix on electrical safety) » a sample template for recording details for dangerous gas installation notification. The title of the standard has also changed to Gas Appliances-Servicing of Type A Appliances. The closing date for public comment is Wednesday 26 December 2018. To make a submission, visit the Standards Australia website (link below). The expected date for publishing of the revised AS 4575 is in the first half of 2019, subject to the number of public comments received. ESV will consider mandating the standard through an amendment to the Gas Safety (Gas Installation) Regulations 2018 once this occurs. Make a submission via Strandards Australia at public/listOpenCommenting Publication.action 22