Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) and the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) are to adopt a revised gas safety standard over the next six months to reduce the risk of explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Chairperson and Commissioner of ESV, Marnie Williams said the Australian Standard AS/NZS 5601.1 Gas Installations: General installations set out added requirements for the design and installation of pipes, components and appliances in order to make gasfitting work safer for workers and their customers.
“ESV has been directly involved in the development of this revised Standard working to protect both gasfitters and their customers, reducing the chance of gas leaks, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning,” Ms Williams said.
“We will be supporting the industry to transition to the new Standard over the next six months to allow industry time to adapt to the changes,” she said.
“The six-month transition will allow industry time to familiarise itself with the changes.”
After that point, Ms William said ESV and the VBA would enforce compliance with the revised Standard.
She said the Standard directly impacted works associated with appliances, pipes, fittings and other components installed or to be installed for control, supply or use of gas.
Further information on the revised Standard can be accessed on the VBA’s at this PS News link.