The joint committee that develops standards to ensure domestic gas appliances meet essential safety requirements met in Wellington for two days in February.
Trevor Tucker who is Manager, Gas, Energy Markets and Programs for the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy in South Australia, and who represents the Gas Technical Regulators Committee, has chaired AG-001 Gas Appliances for four years and says safety is top of the committee’s minds.
‘The committee develops the standards that deal with design, construction and performance of primarily domestic gas appliances with safety as the main priority.
‘We create standards appropriate for the industry, manufacturers, and regulatory bodies and where possible to make them joint with our New Zealand partners.’
Trevor says the committee endeavours to ensure all gas appliances conform to certain safety criteria in such areas as combustion levels, temperature hazards, safe design, and as far as possible in minimising any safety consequences resulting from misuse. Gas appliances to which the standards apply include domestic outdoor barbecues, cooktops and ovens, gas log fires and heaters (for use inside and outside), and water heaters etc.
AG-001 Gas Appliances meets quarterly and comprises 25 members from New Zealand and Australia who are all industry experts drawn from a wide range across the gas sector. New Zealand agencies represented include Master Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers; the Gas Utilisation Institute; the Gas Association; WorkSafe; and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). Australian agencies represented include the Gas Technical Regulators Committee; the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association of Australia; Consumers Federation of Australia; Consumer Electronics Suppliers Association; Association of Accredited Certification Bodies; Gas Energy Australia; Energy Networks Association; Certification Interests (Australia); Australian Gas Association and the Australian Building Codes Board.