EnergySafe Magazine Summer 2018, issue 49 - Page 12

12 Gas news AS/NZS 5601.2 Amendment 3 draft for public comment By Enzo Alfonsetti, AG006 Committee Chairman If you undertake gasfitting work on LP gas installations in caravans, campervans, camper trailers, mobile catering vehicles, trucks or trailers with gas installations, boats, houseboats and floating restaurants, then AS/NZS5601.2 Gas installations - LP Gas installations in caravans and boats for non- propulsive purposes is your reference standard. On the 24th January 2018, a draft for public comment for amendment 3 of AS/ NZS5601.2 was published. The proposed amendment focuses on new marking requirements, including marking requirements that were in AS5601:2004 but not when AS/NZS5601.2 was first published as a joint Australian and New Zealand standard in 2010. Of particular note is the introduction of a gas compliance plate. The amendment proposes that gasfitters attach a gas compliance plate to the body work of caravans and boats for new gas installations and for modifications to existing installations. The gas compliance plate is proposed to be metallic, durable, and UV and corrosion resistant. Some jurisdictions, including Queensland and New South Wales, have already made this a requirement by law. The introduction of a gas compliance plate requirement will: » harmonise requirements across Australia and New Zealand » make it easier for Gas Technical Regulators to identify imported caravans or boats that have not been checked by a local gasfitter. There may also be an opportunity, subject to further discussion, for road authorities to consider sighting a gas compliance plate before registering a new caravan or boat. The closing date for public comment is the 28 March 2018. The draft can be downloaded via the Standards Australia website sapc.standards.org.au/sapc/public/ listOpenCommentingPublication.action You will be redirected to an SAI Global website and will need to register (if you have not already done so) before you can download the draft standard for free. If you want to submit a comment on the draft, you can do that via the Standards Australia website link. Once again, you will need to register to create a public account for access to the Standards Australia Standards Hub. Standards Australia Committee AG-013 — making a difference By Tyler Mason, Gas Engineer, Type A Gas Appliance and Component Safety At times, we overlook the components that build our gas installations and appliances and render them mere pieces of the puzzle. This is not the case with members of Standards Australia Committee AG-013 Components for Use in Gas Appliances and Equipment. After an extended period of inactivity, Standards Australia reconstituted AG-013 in 2015. The committee was tasked to address an Australia-specific marking that prevented components from other parts of the world the ability to comply with mandatory Australian Standards. They also had the mammoth task of revising the entire suite of Australian gas component standards, last updated over 10 years ago. Since its re-formation, the committee has continued to kick goals. To date, it has published 10 amendments and a full revision, with an additional five revision projects underway. The committee also agreed to create a policy that aligns with, and adopts international ISO standards where Australia’s needs and requirements are represented. Australia has become a participating member of ISO/TC 161 Safety and Control Devices for Gas and/or Oil. Ultimately, the committee hopes these advances will provide a greater level of safety assurance and create a vast range of modern, leading-edge components available within Australian gas appliances and installations. Tyler Mason, Energy Safe Victoria’s representative to AG-013, serves as a member of the Australian delegation to ISO/TC 161, alongside Ross Jamieson (SIT Gas Controls), head of the delegation and representative from the Gas Appliance Manufacturer’s Association (GAMAA). In 2017, Standards Australia awarded AG-013 with the Outstanding Committee Award in recognition of their outstanding work. Class of 2017: members from the Standards Australia Committee AG-013 recognised for their achievements addressing barriers between national and international standards. GPIS Management Report 2016-17 published By William Hajjar, Senior Engineer Regulatory The Gas and Pipeline Infrastructure Safety Management Report provides information about the degree of technical compliance from gas and pipeline industry partic ipants. It also highlights the status of the sector’s safety framework documentation, its responses to auditing, monitoring, and reporting, and ESV’s response to near-term priorities. The report is now available online.