The use of Standards in the gas industry ensures that products suit the New Zealand environment and provides an assurance of safety and quality. There are also many documents on the supply, storage, and use of various fuels. We spoke to Peter Gilbert, Executive Director of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association of New Zealand and Chair of the New Zealand Gas Sector Board, about the value of standardisation in the gas industry.
'Standards cover all aspects of the gas industry,' says Peter. 'There are Standards for the gas distribution network, gasfitting, gas appliances, gas equipment, gas metering, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) quality, natural gas quality, and LPG in caravans and boats. These Standards are vital for the gas and LPG industries.
'Standards set the way we do things in the industry. Being performance based, Standards outline what it is we need to achieve and how to achieve it. They provide the safe way to manufacture and install gas appliances, run distribution pipes, and put meters in, and they set the specifications for natural gas and LPG. Most of these Standards are referenced in legislation and regulations as a way to meet safety requirements and comply with the law.'
A broad cross-section of industry representatives, working together
Peter says Standards are central to all gasfitting, whether natural gas or LPG. He is a staunch advocate of standardisation and says that the Standards development process is valuable and ensures that industry works together when developing Standards.
Reinforcing the importance of working together was the recent 'Gas New Zealand forum' in Wairakei in October 2011. The forum included, for the first time, the LPG Association (LPGA), the Gas Association of New Zealand, and the New Zealand Institute of Gas Engineers.
- How Standards help businesses – New Zealand standardisation stories, Standards New Zealand website
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