Safety of gas appliances interim Standard published

Issue 30 – August 2011

NZS 5262 Gas appliance safety has been superseded by NZS 5266(Int):2011 Safety of gas appliances. NZS 5262 set out the essential safety requirements for all gas appliances intended for installation or use in New Zealand, and covered all gas appliances and components supplied with them. NZS 5266(Int):2011 applies particularly to specialised appliances, and to appliances that are produced in small numbers only.The safety of these appliances is assured through their assessment by an approved practitioner.

Essential safety for gas appliances produced in volume is covered by NZS/AS 3645 Essential requirements for gas equipment, planned for publication in August 2011.

NZS 5266(Int) sets out the essential safety requirements for all gas appliances in New Zealand that are not subject to a recognised certification regime. It covers:

  • small production gas appliances
  • specialised gas appliances
  • appliances for which a recognised certification scheme does not exist.

The objective of this Interim Standard is to provide manufacturers, designers, regulatory authorities, testing laboratories, and similar organisations with a set of safety and performance outcome-oriented criteria which may be used as the basis for approval of gas appliances for sale in New Zealand.

NZS 5266(Int) and NZS/AS 3645 (planned for publication in August 2011) are designed to specify the minimum requirements for the safety of gas appliances and fittings that must be certified before being sold in New Zealand.

Standards New Zealand invites comment on the Interim Standard NZS 5266(Int) from persons and organisations concerned with this subject. Comments must be received by 22 June 2012 and this Interim Standard will be confirmed, withdrawn, or revised in the light of comments received. A form for comments is provided at the end of the Interim Standard.

Related Standards

  • SNZ HB 5257.2:2004 Gas appliance safety – Audit workbook
  • Appendix H to NZS 5261:2003 Gas installation – Guidelines for gas appliance commissioning (Appendix H). Note: Appendix H is free to download as a PDF.
  • AS/NZS 60335.2.102:2004 Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Particular requirements for gas, oil and solid-fuel burning appliances with electrical connections

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