Alan Cuth­bert, NZEI, Chang­ing the stan­dards

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - CONTENTS - Alan Cuth­bert NZEI – Stan­dards NZ rep­re­sen­ta­tive

The NZEI failed to list one of its most val­ued spon­sors for its 2014 con­fer­ence – Jack­son Elec­tri­cal In­dus­tries – in the May edi­tion of Demm. NZEI sincerely apol­o­gize for this omis­sion.

In­stal­la­tions Elec­tro Tech­nol­ogy Co­or­di­nat­ing com­mit­tee

This com­mit­tee met on the 9 April 2014 and con­sid­ered the work re­quired to be com­pleted this year, and the work re­quired to be com­pleted to fully align the ex­ist­ing elec­tri­cal stan­dards to the re­vised re­quire­ments of the Elec­tric­ity (Safety) Reg­u­la­tions 2010 (which fully came into force on the 1 Fe­bru­ary 2014).

There are also two ma­jor changes. The first was the re­lo­ca­tion of En­ergy Safety, which was a part of Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment (MBIE) to WorkSafeNZ which oc­curred last year.

In the early stages of this re­lo­ca­tion, no ma­jor changes are be­ing pro­posed, but changes are ex­pected when the WorkSafeNZ Act come into force. The new Act is ex­pected to be in force by Septem­ber.

The sec­ond change will see the Stan­dards Coun­cil dis­es­tab­lished and a new stan­dards body es­tab­lished within the MBIE, but this re­quires a new Stan­dards Act to en­able this re­lo­ca­tion to oc­cur.

The date of the re­lo­ca­tion of Stan­dards is not ex­pected to oc­cur this year.

Elec­tric­ity (Safety) Reg­u­la­tions 2010 amend­ments

An up­date by WorkSafeNZ was given on the work likely to be re­quired in the next 12 months in re­spect of con­flicts of ter­mi­nol­ogy in a num­ber of elec­tri­cal Stan­dards.

For ex­am­ple, AS/NZS 3019 ex­pres­sion “Cer­tifi­cate of Ver­i­fi­ca­tion” (CoV) is now known as “Records of As­sess­ment”. Re­vi­sions of elec­tri­cal stan­dards to elim­i­nate these con­flicts will be made as re­sources and op­por­tunely per­mit.

Emer­gency Amend­ment of Elec­tric­ity (Safety) Reg­u­la­tions 2010 and NZS 6115 Mo­bile Med­i­cal Fa­cil­i­ties

There is a the need to make an emer­gency amend­ment to the Elec­tric­ity (Safety) Reg­u­la­tions 2010 to cater for a large num­ber of in­valid War­rants of Elec­tri­cal Fit­ness is­sued for Mo­bile Med­i­cal Fa­cil­i­ties ve­hi­cles, and the Cer­tifi­cate of Ver­i­fi­ca­tion or Records of As­sess­ment, for the ser­vice pil­lars used to sup­ply the Mo­bile Med­i­cal Fa­cil­ity ve­hi­cles.

These in­valid War­rants of Elec­tri­cal Fit­ness mainly re­late to mo­bile med­i­cal fa­cil­ity ve­hi­cles used by the school den­tal clinic ser­vice op­er­ated by the District Health Boards.

It has been a man­dated re­quire­ment of the Elec­tric­ity (Safety) Reg­u­la­tions 2010 and NZS 6115 for all Mo­bile Med­i­cal Fa­cil­ity ve­hi­cles to be the sub­ject of an an­nual elec­tri­cal in­spec­tion for the re­newal of the War­rant of Elec­tri­cal Fit­ness by the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion that the ve­hi­cle fully com­plies with NZS 6115. This is a high risk in­spec­tion that must only be car­ried out by reg­is­tered elec­tri­cal in­spec­tors.

It ap­pears a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of Mo­bile Med­i­cal Fa­cil­ity ve­hi­cles have been fit­ted with a sup­ply lead plug com­ply­ing AS/NZS 3123, in­stead of the man­dated NZ con­nec­table in­stal­la­tions stan­dard of IEC 60309 plugs.

This break­down of the high risk in­spec­tion process is cause for se­ri­ous con­cern as the hold­ers of Elec­tri­cal In­spec­tor class of reg­is­tra­tion play a key part in achiev­ing a high level of elec­tri­cal safety in elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tions which have man­dated high risk in­spec­tion re­quire­ments.

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