Throw out old and damaged electrical extension cords
ESV is urging Victorians to throw out old and damaged electrical extension cords following an incident at Numurkah on Sunday in which two children received a serious electric shock and burns.
The children were in a portable swimming pool with a pump that was connected to the electricity with a damaged extension cord that had exposed wires near the socket. When the pump started spraying water, a boy, 9, tried to pull the plug from the extension cord and received what could have been a fatal electric shock. A girl, 8, was injured when she went to help.
The house did not have a residual current device (RCD) or safety switch installed.
ESV’s Director of Energy Safety, Paul Fearon, said old and damaged extension leads should never be used, especially in the vicinity of water.
Click HERE to read the press release.
New classes of prescribed electrical equipment in Victoria come in to effect on 29 January 2017
Amendment 2 of AS/NZS 4417.2:2012 (Regulatory compliance mark for electrical and electronic equipment Part 2: Specific requirements for particular regulatory applications) was published in January 2016 and will come in to effect on 29 January 2017.
From 29 January 2017, building wiring cable, double capped light emitting semi-conductor lamp and air-conditioner incorporating flammable refrigerant will be classified as prescribed and as such will require certification before they are supplied in Victoria.
Click here to read the definitions and class specifications for the newly added items.
Non-compliant use of multi-layer pipe
Saturday’s ABC News included a story about the non-compliant use of multi-layer pipe at residential developments.
The product is safe when used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, but some plumbers have not been installing the pipe in accordance with gasfitting standard AS/NZS 5601. This states that if this piping is to be used externally then it is to be protected against UV degradation.
ESV is not aware of any safety incidents related to this pipe but where it has been used outdoors without adequate protection the installation is non-compliant and the plumber will be required to rectify the work.
If you think you have this non-compliant pipe at your home, please contact the Victorian Building Authority on 1300 815 127.
If you think you have this pipe at a commercial or industrial site and it is not adequately protected from UV, please click HERE to lodge a complaint with ESV.
Gasfitters can read our technical information sheet on this product HERE.
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.
The Australian Energy Regulator has released draft annual benchmarking reports for the electricity transmission network service providers and the electricity distribution network service providers. The transmission report can be read HERE and the distribution report 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."
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.
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.