Video to open up an­nual con­fer­ence to the world

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MAINTENANCE MATTERS - Al­lan Hill, Na­tional sec­re­tary/man­ager New Zealand Elec­tri­cal In­sti­tute

NZEI Inc. An­nual Con­fer­ence and AGM

Plan­ning for the In­sti­tute’s 78th an­nual con­fer­ence & AGM is well un­der­way, Fri­day 29 March will be a tech­ni­cal fo­rum day, to be held in Block D at the Manukau In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (MIT). There will be some great trade ex­hibits and some spe­cial Guest Speak­ers.

The fol­low­ing guest speak­ers have ac­cepted their in­vi­ta­tion to speak:

Peter Mor­fee, chief tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor, of En­ergy Safety, WorkSafe NZ. Peter will speak to a brief back­ground to the min­ing re­lated reg­u­la­tions. John Kelly, se­nior man­ager – elec­tri­cal; Gerry Ryan, DOL; and John Sick­els, reg­is­trar EWRB.

The In­sti­tute will be video­ing the guest’s speeches and will upload to the NZEI web­site, so those who can­not at­tend the con­fer­ence can watch the speeches at any time.

NZEI Ed­u­ca­tion Trust Study awards

The New Zealand Elec­tri­cal In­sti­tute Inc. Ed­u­ca­tion Trust has a duty to pro­mote study and ex­cel­lence in the elec­tri­cal in­dus­try, and one of the ways it does this is to re­im­burse all or part of the fees for mem­bers study­ing for ad­vanced trade qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

This may take the form of study for the EWRB Elec­tri­cal In­spec­tors exam, NZQA unit stan­dards for pa­pers (above trade level) to­ward the Ad­vanced Trade Cer­tifi­cate Level 5, or study to­ward a di­ploma or de­gree course.

If you wish to ap­ply for the study grant can you please send an out­line of the course that you are study­ing, when you an­tic­i­pate achiev­ing the pa­pers, where you are study­ing, the fees, and your his­tory of study. Send the de­tails to the Na­tional Sec­re­tary, nzei@xtra.co.nz by 20 March for con­sid­er­a­tion.

The Elec­tric­ity (Safety) Amend­ment Reg­u­la­tions 2013

The Elec­tric­ity (Safety) Amend­ment Reg­u­la­tions 2013 are now ac­tive, as of 1 Fe­bru­ary.

The ma­jor­ity of amend­ments cover new reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing the elec­tri­cal safety of min­ing, quar­ry­ing, and tun­nelling. The ma­jor­ity of these new reg­u­la­tions are con­tained in a new Part 5A and a new Sched­ule 8.

A num­ber of min­ing re­lated stan­dards have been added to Sched­ules 2 and 4, and other stan­dards in these sched­ules have been up­dated to the lat­est edi­tions.

Other changes re­flect the es­tab­lish­ment of WorkSafe New Zealand and recog­ni­tion of the har­monised Aus­tralian/New Zealand Elec­tri­cal Equip­ment Safety Sys­tem (EESS).

The 2013 Amend­ment Reg­u­la­tions were pub­lished as a sep­a­rate doc­u­ment, but there was a com­pi­la­tion of all the amend­ments (2011, 2012 & 2013) pub­lished as a com­plete set of reg­u­la­tions – in one doc­u­ment – on 1 Fe­bru­ary 2014.

It is read­ily avail­able for free from the leg­is­la­tion web­site. It is much eas­ier to use, rather than try to read the 2010 reg­u­la­tions plus the sep­a­rate amend­ments. The down­load­able file is Elec­tric­ity Safety Reg­u­la­tions 2010 – Fe­bru­ary 2014 re­print.

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