Changes to work requiring the services of a gasfitter

The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 2006 and the Gas (Safety and Measurement) Regulations 2010 have made changes to the types of work that requires the services of a gasfitter.

The Act covers work that is defined as gasfitting and the regulation references 'point of supply' in relation to gasfitting.

From 1 April 2010 all work on fixed gas installations (pipes or fittings) supplied by an LPG container, no matter what the size of the container, is considered gasfitting and must be carried out by a gasfitter or other authorised person.However, changes to the gasfitting certification requirements mean that work carried out on pipes and fittings suppliedwith LPG from containers less than 15 kilograms in capacity do not require certification.

Before 4 May 2010 the point at which work on pipes or fittings supplied with LPG from a cylinder became gasfitting was the outlet of the first stage pressure regulator. As of 4 May 2010 this point moved to the outlet of the cylinder.

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Reproduced from the Ministry of Economic Development Business Update 'Energy Safety Newsletter' June 2010.

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