energysafe issue 56
By Paul Harris, Head of Gas Operations
Gas leak non-compliances are declining.
Virtually zero gas leak non-compliances,
on gas installations, were identified for
the financial year to date. Whereas they
averaged three per month in the last
This reduction is good news for the Gas
Industry and ESV. ESV does not tolerate
gas leaks on gas installations and
monitors these events closely.
Rating Cause Clause description
1 AS/NZS 5601.1 2013 LOCATION OF CONSUMER PIPING – Piping in a concealed location
other than underground or embedded in concrete
Breaches » Mechanical joints installed without ventilation to cupboards or in service shaft of high-rise building.
» Inaccessible and unventilated ceiling space contains gas valve/filter/sub-meter/regulator.
2 AS/NZS 5601.1 2013
GENERAL INSTALLATION REQUIREMENTS – Manufacturer’s installation
Breaches Appliances have not been installed in accordance with the requirements of this Standard and the manufacturer’s
3 AS/NZS 5601.1 2013
USE OF HOSE ASSEMBLIES – Hose assembly – Operating conditions
Breaches Hose assemblies have been installed such that they are exposed to a temperature exceeding the maximum
temperature specified on the hose, they are not installed to the manufacturer’s instructions and are subject
to strain, abrasion, kinking or permanent deformation.
4 AS/NZS 5601.1 2013
GAS APPLIANCE CONNECTION – Means of isolation
Breaches Unable to access the isolation valves and regulators located at the back of the appliances.
5 AS/NZS 5601.1 2013
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 noes not comply with
the gas appliance manufacturer’s instructions and is not less than the clearance as shown in Standard
AS/NZS 5601.2: 2013 in Table 6.10.
6 AS/NZS 5601.1 2013
GENERAL – Identification of pipework – Marking
Breaches Identification markings have not been placed at spacings adjacent to branches, junctions, valves,
wall and floor penetrations of pipework.
7 AS/NZS 5601.1 2013
LOCATION OF CONSUMER PIPING – Above-ground piping
not to touch the ground
Flexible hose connection to kitchen appliances is less than 50 mm clear of the ground.