Understanding new gasfitting compliance documents

Issue 39 – June 2012

AS/NZS 5601.1:2010 and AS/NZS 5601.2:2010

By now certifying gasfitters should be aware that AS/NZS 5601.1:2010 Gas installations – Part 1: General installations and AS/NZS 5601.2:2010 Gas installations – Part 2: LP Gas installations in caravans and boats for non-propulsive purposes are set to replace NZS 5261:2003 Gas installation and NZS 5428:2006 LPG installations for non-propulsive purposes in caravans and boats at the end of this year (31 December 2012). In the meantime, all these Standards are in force but the PGDB encourages you to familiarise yourself with the new Standards before the old Standards expire.

The PGDB wishes to remind certifying gasfitters of their legal responsibilities should they choose to use overseas Standards or other methods to meet compliance with section 2 of AS/NZS 5601.1 and AS/NZS5601.2.

As a certifying gasfitter, it is important that you understand how the sections of these documents apply to the work you carry out.

It is essential that all gasfitting work you undertake meets the mandatory requirements for the design, installation, and commissioning of gas installations that are associated with the use or intended use of fuel gases such as natural gas, LP Gas, biogas, or manufactured gas, as outlined in section 2.

Section 1 contains the definitions of terms or words as they apply to the Standard.

Section 2 details the various aspects of a gas installation that contribute to its safety, stating performance criteria for compliance with legislative requirements for safety of gas installations.

Sections 3 – 6 (AS/NZS 5601.1L2010) and 3 – 9 (AS/NZS 5601.2:2010) provide more detailed information as a means of compliance with the performance criteria.

(Extracted from foreword of NZS 5601.1:2010 and AS/NZS 5601.2:2010)

While section 3 onwards provides you with an acceptable solution to meet the compliance requirements of section 2, you are not precluded from using alternative solution(s) (such as international Standards) that meet or exceed the stated mandatory requirements, in order to comply with section 2.

Should you choose not to use sections 3 onwards as the means of compliance with section 2, it is your responsibility to be able to provide, in each situation where you choose to rely on an alternative solution, adequate evidence demonstrating how you have met or exceeded the essential safety requirements outlined in section 2.

Important reminder

To provide evidence that you have met compliance requirements in undertaking your work, it is very important that you retain high quality documentation. This has become evident to the PGDB when carrying out their certification reviews (gas audits). Documentation may include Appendix O attached to your Certificate of Compliance, pipe-sizing calculations and schematics, photos, and other associated documentation relating to each installation.

Summarised from the PGDB's 'Info Brief', May 2012.

 

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