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energysafe issue 49
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 inspection activity performed by
ESV on gas installations (Dec 2017 to Jan
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
For clarification on a specific clause within
an Australian Standard, contact the Gas Safety
Technical Information Line on 1800 652 563.
Rating Cause Clause description
1 AS/NZS 5601.1:2013
[Amendment 2] ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INSTALLATION OF SPECIFIC GAS APPLIANCES – Commercial
catering equipment – Clearances around commercial catering equipment.
Breaches » » The clearance to combustible surfaces from commercial catering equipment does not comply with the gas appliance manufacturer’s
instructions or is not be less than the clearance as shown in Table 6.10 of AS/NZS 5601.1:2013.
2 AS/NZS 5601.1:2013
DESIGN OF CONSUMER PIPING – Building isolation
Breaches » » Consumer piping does not include a manual shut-off valve at the each point of entry of piping to each building.
» » A durable permanent sign, with the wording ‘GAS VALVE’, has not been located in a prominent position adjacent to the valve.
3 AS/NZS 5601.1:2013
GENERAL INSTALLATIONREQUIREMENTS – Manufacturer’s installation instructions
Breaches » » Appliances have not been installed in accordance with the requirements of AS/NZS 5601.1:2013 and the manufacturer’s instructions.
4 AS/NZS 5601.1:2013
INSTALLING GAS EQUIPMENT – Consumer piping gas pressure regulators – Consumer piping regulator
outlet operating pressure notice
Breaches » » A sign indicating the consumer piping regulator outlet operating pressure, for pressures exceeding 1.5 kPa (natural gas),
has not been placed in a prominent position near the regulator.
5 AS/NZS 5601.1:2013
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INSTALLATION OF SPECIFIC GAS APPLIANCES
– Commercial catering equipment – Clearances to a grease filter
Breaches » » The clearance between any part of a grease filter and the nearest part of the cooking surface or trivet is not be less
than the clearance specified in Table 6.9 (AS/NZS 5601.1:2013)..
6 AS/NZS 5301.1:2013
LOCATION OF CONSUMER PIPING – Piping in a concealed location other than
underground or embedded in concrete.
Breaches » » Consumer piping (mechanical joints and gas valves) have been incorrectly installed in a concealed location.
7 AS/NZS 5601.1:2013
DESIGN OF CONSUMER PIPING – Occupancy isolation.
Breaches » » A durable, permanent sign has not been located in a prominent position adjacent to the valve, to identify it as a gas valve,
and if remote from the occupancy identify the occupancy.
8 AS/NZS 5601.1:2013
USE OF HOSE ASSEMBLIES – Hose assembly – Operation conditions
Breaches » » Hose assemblies have been installed where they will be subject to strain, abrasion, kinking or permanent deformation.
9 AS/NZS 5601.1:2013
TEST OF PIPING – Testing a new gas installation
» » Gas leak on fitting line/shut-off valuve/turret set.
» » Test gear not suitable.
» » Consumer Piping Test report not provided after alteratio to consumer gas piping.