2015-2016 Safety Performance Report on Victoria's Electricity Networks
ESV has released its sixth annual public report into the safety performance of Victoria's major electricity companies. Click here to read the full report. The report includes the five distribution businesses (AusNet Services, CitiPower, Jemena, Powercor and United Energy) and the three transmission businesses (AusNet Services, Basslink and Transmission Operations Australia).
ESV has also released a paper discussing areas for consultation with the distribution businesses regarding improved data analysis in support of future network reports. Click here to read the consultation paper.
Copies of previous Safety Performance Reports and associated documents can be viewed here.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Update
Product Safety Australia has issued an update on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall. PSA states "Samsung is currently investigating reported issues with replacement Galaxy Note7 phones provided as a remedy following the recall on 6 September 2016."
Build Aware Week - Bendigo Oct 17-21
Energy Safe Victoria staff will be inspecting building sites as part of the Build Aware program in October.
Builders must use licensed electricians and gasfitters for all work.
ESV will be looking for adherence to the No Go Zone requirements; ensuring buildings and scaffolding aren’t too close to powerlines.
Gas inspectors will be checking that compliance requirements are met for Complex gas installations on all site types.
No Complex gas installation should be used until ESV has issued final acceptance.
New inverter requirements
This alert is to remind the solar industry in Victoria that after 9 October 2016, all new grid connected inverter installations are required to have inverters installed that are fully compliant with AS/NZS 4777.2:2015.
Click here to read the notice from Electrical Installations Safety.
Changes to the supply of hoverboards in Victoria from 1 July
ESV has gazetted changes to the Electricity Safety Act 1998, which require all self-balancing scooters sold in Victoria to meet specific safety requirements. From 1 July, suppliers who wish to sell these products in Victoria will need to apply to ESV for a Certificate of Compliance (also known as a Certificate of Suitability) that, when granted, will indicate that their product is approved and meets the safety requirements specified by ESV. Click HERE for further information.
Abnormally low gas pressure can cause issues with Rheem 5-Star gas storage water heaters
Energy Safe Victoria has been advised by Rheem of an issue that may arise when their 5-Star gas storage water heaters are operated with abnormally low gas supply pressures. Click HERE to read the safety notice.
Fire Resistant Boards – Promatect H, Promina, Bellis and Supalux
A potential fire risk exists where PROMATECT H, PROMINA (also supplied as BELLIS) or SUPALUX fire resistant boards have been used as protection for combustible materials behind the stainless steel splashbacks adjacent to commercial catering appliances. Where appliances are discharging combustion products from the rear there is a specific risk that combustible members contained within the wall may experience unsafe temperatures.
Testing and examination by ESV has found that these products may not comply with the requirements of AS/NZS 5601.1:2013 Appendix C. Refer to Promat’s technical notice HERE for further information.
ESV's latest campaign
The Minister for Energy and Resources, Lily D'Ambrosio, launched our newest safety campaign titled “DIY=DIE” last week in Shepparton.
This campaign carries the important message that you should ALWAYS use a licensed electrician and NEVER undertake your own electrical work.
We’re targeting farmers with the message that doing your own electrical work is not only illegal - it can also be fatal.
DIY = DIE applies to everyone.
Cannon reissues safety notice for Fitzroy and Canterbury inbuilt gas heaters
Gas heater manufacturer Cannon has reissued a safety notice urging homeowners with Cannon Fitzroy or Canterbury inbuilt gas heaters manufactured between 20 March 2001 and 8 October 2009 to have them checked for carbon monoxide spillage. The company will be meeting the cost of the safety checks, and also providing compensation of up to $150 for heater owners who had their heaters checked following the initial safety notice that was issued in June last year.
Click HERE for all the details.
There are updates to some of the details on our Lineworkers registration page. Check out the new application form as well.
Please be advised that we've updated the web address for our online services portal. When you click on the link above, you will be redirected to the new address - http://e-services.esv.vic.gov.au. If the old address is saved in your Favourites, please update the bookmark and replace it with this address. You will then be taken directly to the page.