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Posted By Topic: WOrksafe Bulletin re AS/NZS3000:2018

Feb 19 2018 14:53

Some of you may have seen this already - from Worksafe

13 February 2018

Regulatory status of AS/NZS 3000:2018 Wiring Rules”

Standards Australia has announced that AS/NZS 3000:2018 (“Wiring Rules”) is expected to be published in March this year
. Standards New Zealand is likely to approve
the new standard soon too.

The Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 cite AS/NZS 3000:2007 including its Amendments 1 and 2. This means the 2007 standard must still be used to ensure
compliance with the Regulations, until the Regulations are updated to cite the 2018 edition.

The Regulations update is likely in late 2019 following a review now underway. It is likely AS/NZS 3000:2018 will be adopted into the Regulations to replace AS/NZS 3000:2007 at that time.

A soft 12 - month roll - out of the 2018 edition is likely because none of the
changes in AS/NZS 3000:2018 are necessary to address any critical safety issues.

AS/NZS 3000:2018 also contains some provisions contrary to AS/NZS 3000:2007.
An example of how use of AS/NZS 3000:2018
prior to its adoption in the Regulations
may not comply and could constitute an offence, is for domestic down - lights installation.

We expect Standards Australia will soon make amendments to AS/NZS 3000:2018 to include provisions to address aspects excluded from this edition.

Regulatory recognition of AS/NZS 3000:2018
including amendments at end of 2019 will avoid two rule changes in a short timeframe.

(Details of how AS/NZS 3000:2007 is applied can be found in Schedule 2 of the regulations.)

From Worksafe.



Feb 19 2018 15:57

Well this is interesting...

NZEIA must have asked for clarification (just as I thought all along).

Feb 19 2018 15:58

It just confirms an recent Electro-link article on this subject.

Feb 19 2018 21:36

So I\'ve heard that some people are saying we should use it as a best practice guide, even before it\'s cited, because in a case where we could have used it, but didn\'t, and there was a problem, questions could be asked as to why we didn\'t use the latest available standard.

But now Worksafe are saying that using the latest clauses could be an offence if they don\'t comply with the current regulations.

Am I missing something?

Also, what specifically is the domestic downlight rule change that could be illegal?

Feb 20 2018 06:51

The revised AS/NZS 3000:2018 is quoting a new AS/NZS standard for recessed downlighters and there is some doubt that this new standard, when compared to the old standard (with an additional NZ fire performance testing) used in the current issue of 3000, has the same oronus levels of performance fire testing.

Hence the warning statement from WorkSafe NZ until some more testing and checking is done.

Feb 20 2018 09:38

There may or may not be a difference in the testing requirements, and if there is it may or may not matter.

However there is a direct compliance issue.
Under (currently cited) clause, we are restricted to using only 4 classes of recessed luminaire in residential buildings. Those classes ar3e specified in the older version of the recessed luminaire product Standard: AS/NZS 60598.2.2 + Amdt A.

Under the new edition of 3000, and the later edition of \"60598.2.2\", to of the classes no longer exist, being replaced with slightly different class names.
All of the class symbols change also, with this month being the end of the transition period; so all new luminaires will have the new classifications and symbols.

Which raises the possibility of being unable to obtain any \"compliant\" fittings.

Feb 20 2018 14:40

This seems like a domestic sparky problem to me. They dont even follow 3000 do they?

Feb 20 2018 21:23

What? Don\'t commercial sparkles install downlights anymore?

I had heard the there were some industrial sparkles that didn\'t think that AS/NZS3000:2007 applied to them.

Feb 22 2018 07:30

\"I had heard the there were some industrial sparkles that didn\'t think that AS/NZS3000:2007 applied to them\"

Thats why many of them, and others, dont bother reading it, and spend the rest of their lives asking stupid bloody questions, to get answers they should already know!!