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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.

Lineworkers registration information updated

There are updates to some of the details on our Lineworkers registration page. Check out the new application form as well.

Online services - new web address

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. 

 

 

 

 

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