EnergySafe Magazine Summer 2018/19, issue 52 - Page 24

Breaches, prosecutions and infringements Summer 2018/19 energysafe issue 52 Identified non-compliance breaches By Paul Harris, Head of Gas Operations Listed below are the most frequently identified non-compliance items as a result of recent Energy Safe Victoria inspections on gas installations (July to Sep 2018). When inspecting, ESV assesses the installation for compliance against the prescribed Australian Standards. It is imperative that gasfitting professionals have the right tools for their job. This includes access to the relevant Australian Standards. Reading and understanding the relevant standards, as well as following the manufacturer’s installation instructions, is important to ensure a compliant gas installation. Rating Cause Clause description 1 AS/NZS 5601.1 2013 [A2] ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INSTALLATION OF SPECIFIC GAS APPLIANCES – Commercial catering equipment -Clearances around commercial catering equipment Clause 25 Non-compliances Breaches The clearance to combustible surfaces from commercial catering equipment does not comply with the gas appliance manufacturer’s instructions and is less than the clearances shown in AS/NZS 5601.1 2013 [A2] Table 6.10. 2 AS/NZS 5601.1 2013 [A2] Clause 5.3.8 LOCATION OF CONSUMER PIPING – Piping in a concealed location other than underground or embedded in concrete 24 Non-compliances Breaches Consumer piping in a concealed location has not been installed in accordance with the requirements detailed in AS/NZS 5601.1 Table 5.2 3 AS/NZS 5601.1 2013 [A2] USE OF HOSE ASSEMBLIES – Hose assembly – Operating conditions Clause 5.9.5 17 Non-compliances Breaches Hose assemblies have been installed where they are exposed to a temperature exceeding the maximum temperature specified in the hose manufacturer’s instructions, subject to strain, abrasion, kinking or permanent deformation, or subject to damage by vermin. 4 AS/NZS 5601.1 2013 [A2] Clause ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INSTALLATION OF SPECIFIC GAS APPLIANCES – Commercial catering equipment -Clearances to a grease filter 17 Non-compliances Breaches The clearance between any part of a grease filter above the catering equipment and the nearest part of the cooking surface or trivet has not been installed to the correct clearance distance as specified in AS/NZS 5601.1 Table 6.9. 5 AS/NZS 5601.1 2013 [A2] Clause 6.2.2 GENERAL INSTALLATION REQUIREMENTS – Manufacturer’s installation instructions 16 Non-compliances Breaches Appliances not installed in accordance with the requirements of AS/NZS 5601.1 and the manufacturer’s instructions. 6 AS/NZS 5601.1 2013 [A2] DESIGN OF CONSUMER PIPING – Occupancy isolation Clause 5.2.9 14 Non-compliances Breaches A quarter turn manual shut-off valve has not been installed in the consumer piping to each occupancy. The manual shut-off valve is not accessible and, where practicable, external to the occupancy. A durable, permanent sign has not been located in a prominent position adjacent to the valve. 24