Alan Cuthbert, NZEI, Changing the standards
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.