Electrical Standards update

18/11/2009

23 November 2009

Electrical equipment and installation Standards and new regulations

In early 2010, the current Electricity Regulations 1997 will be repealed and replaced with new Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2009. The new regulations will cite more Standards, be more prescriptive, and introduce less flexibility for the electrical industry, in both the installation and appliance areas.

The Standards cited in the new regulations will be available from Standards New Zealand and details will be available once the new regulations have been released. A number of communication tools will be developed to help users to understand the key differences between the current and new regulations and the Standards cited by the new regulations, particularly AS/NZS 3000:2007 Electrical installations (known as the Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules).

'When the regulations come into force, AS/NZS 3000:2007 and the other cited Standards will become a lot more important,' says Peter Morfee, Principal Technical Advisor/Senior Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Economic Development.

'Electrical installers, contractors, electricians, and anyone doing building work will need to ensure they are knowledgeable about AS/NZS 3000 and all the cited Standards. Users will need to follow the cited Standards correctly, as using the cited Standards will be the only way to meet the regulations.'

'Consumers will gain more certainty that whatever is installed is acceptable and that the appliances they are using are safe.'

The new regulations are due to come into force on 1 January 2010 and are the final step in the review of the Electrical Safety legislative regime that began with the Electricity Amendment Act 2006. The proposed regulations will enable the changes to the Electricity Act 1992 to be brought into effect.

Most of the Standards cited in the new regulations include more information and have been revised and updated to be compatible with the new regulations. Details will be available once the new regulations have been released.

Read the full story in the November 2009 Touchstone at www.standards.co.nz/touchstone/Issue+11/Electrical, which includes a list of the Standards proposed for citation in Schedule 2 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2009.

The regulations will also include a list of Standards in Schedule 4 that are applicable to fittings and appliances, compliance with which will ensure that the fittings and appliances are safe.

Click here to order or download AS/NZS 3000:2007 or visit www.standards.co.nz, email enquiries@standards.co.nz, or call 0800 782 632. For information about Standards that cover approval and test specification requirements for specific pieces of electrical equipment, click here or visit www.standards.co.nz and enter keyword 'electrical equipment.'

General requirements for electrical equipment – revised AS/NZS 3100 Standard published

A revised Standard that specifies the general safety requirements for equipment used in electrical installations in buildings, structures, and premises has been published. AS/NZS 3100:2009 Approval and test specification – General requirements for electrical equipment supersedes AS/NZS 3100:2002.

'AS/NZS 3100:2009 is one of a series of approval and test specifications issued by Standards New Zealand and Standards Australia to protect users against hazards from the operation of electrical equipment,' says Derek Johns, EL 002 Chair.

'The revision of AS/NZS 3100 incorporates Amendments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, and changes to clause B3.3 and other clauses that were issued in draft form for comment as document DR 01968. Editorial changes have also been incorporated.'

AS/NZS 3100:2009 is the 'parent' Standard for all of the 3100 series of electrical equipment Standards, which include specific approval and test specification requirements for electrical equipment such as plugs, switches, and extension cords.

Click here to order or download AS/NZS 3100:2009 or visit www.standards.co.nz, email enquiries@standards.co.nz, or call 0800 782 632. For information about Standards that cover approval and test specification requirements for specific pieces of electrical equipment, visit www.standards.co.nz and enter keyword 'electrical equipment.'

Review of safety inspection and testing Standards

Three Standards covering the safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment, including second-hand and repaired equipment, are being revised. The public comment period is to start late November and publication is scheduled for the first half of 2010.

'There's an increasing need for repaired and second-hand equipment to be verified and tested,' says Peter Morfee, Principal Technical Advisor/Senior Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Economic Development.

'Electrical equipment is getting more complicated and the expected lifetime of equipment is reducing. The review of AS/NZS 3760, AS/NZS 5761, and AS/NZS 5762 will ensure that consumers can be more confident that electrical equipment is safe when it has been tested and marked in accordance with these Standards.'

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