Al­lan Hill, NZIE col­umn

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - CONTENTS - Al­lan Hill, Na­tional sec­re­tary/man­ager New Zealand Elec­tri­cal In­sti­tute www.nzei.co.nz

Plan­ning is un­der­way for the in­sti­tute’s 79th con­fer­ence and an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, which is be­ing hosted by the in­sti­tute’s Welling­ton branch on 13 and 14 March 2015 at the Brent­wood Ho­tel.

There will be some ex­cel­lent speak­ers from the Elec­tri­cal Work­ers Regis­tra­tion Board, Work­Safe and Stan­dards NZ pro­vid­ing up­dates on changes that af­fect the elec­tri­cal in­dus­try.

The 2015 con­fer­ence sec­re­tary is Harold Knight who can be con­tacted at PO Box 41 015, East­bourne, Lower Hutt 5047 or phone 04 5627 301, email Julie.knight@xtra.co.nz.

AS/NZS 3000 wiring rules amend­ments

Af­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tions from the In­sti­tute to Stan­dards New Zealand, John Kelly has con­firmed it is their in­ten­tion that amend­ments to AS/ NZS 3000 will be pub­lished as loose-leaf re­place­ment or ad­di­tional pages.

The loose-leaf ver­sion of AS/NZS 3000 was repag­i­nated with pages num­bered by sec­tion so it could be more eas­ily ac­com­plished. Any new edi­tion would pos­si­bly be a com­plete new is­sue rather than re­place­ment pages de­pend­ing on the ex­tent of the changes.

Re­fresher train­ing cour­ses

The Auck­land branch has run two, well at­tended, Elec­tri­cal Regis­tra­tion Board com­pli­ant, Elec­tri­cal Com­pe­tency Re­fresher Train­ing (ECRT) ses­sions for its mem­bers.

This year’s en­hanced ECRT train­ing was fa­cil­i­tated by Kerry Har­ris of the Train­ing-Corp, mem­bers who passed the train­ing were is­sued with a Safer Site pass­port.

The pass­port in­cludes a pho­to­graph of the holder, the com­pany’s name (if ap­pli­ca­ble), a trace­able unique iden­ti­fi­ca­tion code and health and safety en­dorse­ments for skill and other com­pleted train­ing.

Like Con­fined Spa­ces, Safe work­ing at heights, Scaf­fold Safety, and El­e­vated Work Plat­forms. These ECRT cour­ses were com­pli­men­tary to fi­nan­cial mem­bers, with only a small charge to cover the ad­min­is­tra­tion costs for the cards and no­ti­fi­ca­tion to the EWRB.

NZEI Auck­land branch AGM

The Auck­land branch AGM is to be held on the Thurs­day 18 Septem­ber 2014 at 18:30 hours in the up­stairs board­room at the Birken­head RSA. All Auck­land branch fi­nan­cial mem­bers are re­quested to make a dairy note to at­tend this im­por­tant meet­ing.

Test­ing train­ing re­fresher

The Auck­land branch of the in­sti­tute is seek­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est in some hands-on test­ing com­pli­ant with AS/NZS 3107. This has come about af­ter re­quests for train­ing for some mem­bers who have con­cerns re­gard­ing meet­ing their obli­ga­tions un­der the stan­dard. There will be a small charge to cover the ad­min­is­tra­tion and cost of print­ing the hand­out.

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