Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board August 2012 update

Issue 42 – September 2012

New look website

The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB) has a new look, with enhanced navigation and convenient web services.

→ Visit the new look PGDB website. (http://www.pgdb.co.nz/index.html)

'Ask for the Card' campaign

The PGDB encourages tradespeople to display a sticker in their vehicle or shop to improve public awareness of the importance of hiring authorised tradespeople.

→ For extra stickers phone 0800 743 262 or email hayley@pgdb.co.nz. In your request please say how many stickers you require and provide your address

The importance of testing and commissioning gas appliances

The PGDB scans all gasfitting certificates as they are received and using a risk-based approach, selects a number of them to review for compliance. The PGDB is concerned with the level of non-compliance identified through these reviews. Particularly as these reviews frequently reveal that commissioning is being incompletely carried out or not at all.

This is a fundamental step in establishing that an installation is safe. To simply service or install appliances or fittings without testing and commissioning does not meet compliance requirements and puts public health and safety at risk.

The PGDB recommends that gasfitters utilise Appendix O (to NZS 5261:2003 Gas installation – Gas installation checklist), a gasfitting installation checklist, before filing a compliance certificate. Evidence of this should also be retained with a copy of the certificate for future reference.

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Gasfitting certification in 2013 – understanding the components

The certification of gas installation work will be updated in 2013. All gasfitting work, including connection to supply, will have to be certified. This means all exemptions will be removed, including the exemption for LPG installations under 15 kg.

Energy Safety's Operations Manager Mark Wogan says the proposed changes will clarify the roles and accountabilities of all parties involved to ensure the safety of gas installation work; offering better protection for both consumers and tradespeople.

Changes to gasfitting certification are proposed to come into effect from 1 April 2013. 'Work in progress' will be allowed to be completed under the transition provisions.

Summarised from PGDB's August 2012 info brief.

Published in energy.