EnergySafe Magazine Winter 2018, issue 51 - Page 13

13 Winter 2018 energysafe issue 51 Electrical news New prescribed categories of electrical equipment By Naveen Kapoor, Compliance Officer, Electrical Equipment Safety Under section 57 of the Electricity Safety Act 1998 (the Act), Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) may declare any class or type of electrical equipment as prescribed by publishing in the Victorian Government Gazette. The Gazette G23 states all categories listed in B2 of Appendix B of AS/NZS 4417.2 to be prescribed. The standard AS/NZS 4417.2: Specific requirements for particular regulatory requirements specifies the requirements for the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) and its use on electrical equipment to indicate compliance. A new edition of AS/NZS 4417.2 published on 2 July 2018 will supersede the 2012 edition of AS/NZS 4417.2 on 2 July 2019. The new edition has 60 Level 3 (High Risk) prescribed equipment categories and 11 categories classified as Level 2 (Medium Risk). Level 3 − High risk For all Level 3 equipment, a compulsory Certificate of Approval is required for supply. However, with any Level 2 equipment the supplier is required to maintain compliance folder. The Level 3 category introduced in the new edition of the standard is evaporative coolers. Level 2 − Medium risk The following categories of equipment are classified as Level 2. » » Air conditioner incorporating non-flammable or low flammable refridgement » » Floor polisher/scrubber » » Heating pad − flexible » » Power line communication device » » Projecter » » Recessed luminaire-light emitting semiconducter type » » Sewing machine » » Simple portable luminaire End of bushfire season report By Rob Skene, Strategic Advisor for Bushfire Safety This report is the culmination of the weekly reports prepared by ESV during the fire season. The reports detail the impact of fire incidents on Victoria’s electricity networks, and the fire prevention activities undertaken by network operations. » » Television receiver − CRT type » » Television receiver − non-CRT type ESV advises suppliers to liaise with test laboratories on the testing of their equipment and to obtain a certificate of approval before 2 July 2019. Also, a reminder that changes previously made to the current edition of the standard AS/NZS 4417.2 came into effect on 30 June 2018. These changes included nine additional categories of electrical equipment to prescribed equipment. While the requirements for these categories were published in June 2017, many suppliers have failed to obtain Certificates of Approval resulting in loss unable to supply their equipment. New categories of prescribed electrical equipment » » Beauty care lamp » » DC isolator » » Electric hot water bottle » » Electric overblanket/duvet/wrap » » Glue gun » » Light emitting semiconductor lamp » » Night light » » Portable luminaire » » Wall switch Many suppliers have requested exemptions from ESV for this change. Please note that section 57 of the Electricity Safety Act 1998 does not provide ESV with an exemption power. Section 57 of the Act requires prescribed electrical equipment to be approved and marked with an approval marking before it can be offered for supply in Victoria. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in enforcement action. For a full list of prescribed equipment, head to www.esv.vic.gov.au/electrical-equipment-classes.  Relevant safety standard for evaporative coolers By Jean-Marie Ntahonkiriye, Compliance Officer, Electrical Equipment Safety During the 2017–2018 financial year, ESV check tested roof top evaporative coolers for household use. Following our tests, we established that some suppliers and manufacturers were unaware of the relevant safety standard for evaporative coolers AS/NZS 60335.2.98: particular requirements for humidifiers. All electrical equipment including evaporative coolers are required to comply with the relevant safety standard to meet the obligations of section 54 of the Electricity Safety Act 1998 (the Act). Regulation 6(b) of the Electricity Safety (Equipment) Regulations 2009 prescribe clauses 4.2, 4.3 and 4.5 of AS/NZS 3820:2009: Essential safety requirements for electrical equipment as the minimum standard for the purposes of complying with section 54 of the Act. AS/NZS 3820 identifies generalised hazards that must be assessed in order to show compliance. AS/NZS 3820 also states that these hazards may be addressed by complying with the relevant electrical safety standard The specific requirements for evaporative coolers are covered in AS/NZS 60335.2.98. List of Electrical equipment classes available at www.esv.vic.gov.au The End of season summary report: » » presents statistics on the number of fire starts for the current and previous years » » discusses the performance of the distribution businesses, and » » analyses the fire starts by size, cause and location. The full report is available on ESV’s website. Powerline Bushfire Safety Committee All documents drafted by the Powerline Bushfire Safety Committee (PBSC) are made available for public review. You can find these by visiting ESV's website at www.esv.vic.gov.au  Requirements of AS/NZS 60335.2.98 Some of the key requirements in the standard include: » » testing at ambient temperatures of 40°C » » not using a self-resetting thermal cut-out for compliance with clause 19, and » » additional testing requirements for evaporative coolers for use in high bushfire risk area. ESV reminds importers/manufactures and suppliers that it is your responsibility to ensure that the products you supply meet the minimum electrical safety standards applicable to the equipment class. ESV urges home owners to have their evaporative coolers regularly serviced by the manufacturer’s service agent or a recommended repairer.