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energysafe issue 51
In this issue
Our cover: Gas heater serviced by a
qualified gasfitter testing for carbon
Image: Elizabeth Bull.
13 New prescribed categories
of electrical equipment
13 End of bushfire season report
13 Relevant safety standard for
14 Requirements for DC isolators
14 Safety alert − RCBO prohibition
16 Your electrical questions answered!
05 Negative pressure and gas
We look into various types of open
flue heaters and the importance
ESV announces recipients of inaugural
Canteen Grants Program with AFL Vic
04 2018 Apprentice LOTO kit
04 Negative pressure environment
06 2018 Wiring Rules available for
licensed electrical practitioners
07 ESV TAFE Instructors Excellence
09 ESV prosecutes Powercor
09 Take five with ESV’s latest addition
09 ESV releases St Patrick’s Day
fires technical reports
10 New Gas Scheme Rules published
12 ESVConnect COES 2019
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19 CO − risks and non-compliances
19 New Type A appliance gas
20 Identified non-compliance breaches
21 Prosecutions and infringements
From the Editor
08 Boosting safety in Victorian
sports clubs with canteen
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Winter 2018 has really been a watershed
moment for open flue heaters.
While the detail is still to come, there is no
doubt that the rules and regulation around open
flue heaters are about to change.
ESV, VBA and Master Plumbers have been
travelling the state with a series of seminars for
gasfitters on issues around negative pressure.
A range of other tools and information is now
available, particularly around Information Sheet 38.
While all this is important for gasfitters,
electricians have a role to play too.
If you are called upon to install an exhaust
fan, especially in a newer or renovated house –
and there is an open flue heater – ensure your
client understands the issues around a negative
pressure environment. You should also encourage
them to get their heater serviced at least once
every two years.
ESV has been busy helping footy and netball
club canteens with a grants program for electrical
or gas appliances.
The program helps the clubs with much
needed equipment while, in return, the canteen
displays all our safety messages to all those lined
up to buy a pie, hot dog or salad sandwich.
Finally, ESV has embarked on enforcement
action against Powercor over their vegetation
clearance program. This was a last resort option
for ESV. Powercor have been charged with
as many as 189 breaches of tree clearance
regulations with the cases due to be heard soon.
I hope everyone is enjoying the warmer
weather. Didn't help the Pies but that is life.
To contact ESV or for further
information go to www.esv.vic.gov.au
Managing Editor Editor
Jonathan Granger Mirna Bukic
Jean-Marie Ntahonkiriye Jason Treseder
Mirna Bukic Simon O’Leary
Paul Harris Michael Weber
Tyler Mason Naveen Kapoor
Laurie Devitt Anitra Robertson
Enzo Alfonsetti Robert Skene
Sue Sizer Goran Sokoleski
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