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November 2019

New Zealand Electrical Inspectors Association
Taranaki is to hold a Ward meeting on the 12th of November in Stratford. This inaugral meeting will deliver seek to identify local issues and whether there is any interest among the local inspectors to have more get-togethers.

This month's Executive Ward meeting will be the final for this year and will be held on Nov 20th in Palmerston North. The lead presentation will be led by Ian Turner from Hamilton. Ian will cover the do's and dont's around Caravans, motorhomes and other types of relocatable electrical installations. 

Electrical Workers Registration Board
Topics covered in the 98th editon of Electron:
  • Presiding Member's update
  • Shining a light on a dark time – an interview with Dave Burt
  • What is the Electricity and Gas High-risk Database?
  • Construction Sites: AS/NZS 3012:2010
  • Penalty, Costs and Publication
  • Disciplinary cases

Energy Safety
Following Peter Morphee's "state-of-the-nation" presentation about EV's and the impact of their chargers to the netwroks it seemed appropriate to repeat a link to their Guidelines for safe electric vehicle charging.

Standards NZ
Latest news coming from Standards NZ includes:
New publication
AS/NZS 3012:2019 - Electrical installations - Construction and demolition sites
This Standard establishes sound practices for the safe use of electricity at construction and demolition sites. It is to be used in conjunction with AS/NZS 3000, Electrical installations (known as the Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules).

Superseded/Withdrawn publication
AS/NZS 3012:2010 - Electrical installations - Construction and demolition sites
Superseded by AS/NZS 3012:2019

AS/NZS 2290.3:2018 A1 - Electrical equipment for coal mines - Introduction, inspection and maintenance - Part 3: Gas detecting and monitoring equipment
This amendment applies to Clauses 4.3.4, 4.8 (new), 5.4.2, 5.4.4, 5.8.2 and Table 3.1. of AS/NZS 2290.3:2018.

CoC's, oh pleeze!!!
Dear Installers, 
We still see you doing the same thing time and time again... it's frustrating to receive and/or see CoC's given to owners that are not correctly filled out. The most common faults include:
1. No unique identifier
2. Incorrect, incomplete or missing addresses
3. No reference to 'Other Standards used' where applicable Standards such as 60079 for HazAreas, 5033 for PV Solar systems, 4114 for Spray Painting Booths, 3001 for Caravans/motorhomes etc. are mandated
4. Failing to include actual test results rather than just ticking 'OK' - check Section 8 of AS/NZS3000 for clues or better yet - stay awake during your refresher courses
5. Sparse descriptions of work - whatever happened to, "installed heat and light unit in upstairs bathroom"? rather than "1x fan unit"
6. Waffly descriptions of work like - "installed Philips heat/light/fan unit to centre of ceiling in upstairs bathroom controlled by a triple-mech switch left side of doorway wired to ensure heat mode will not operate without fan running and overrun timer set to 7 minutes. Circuit is protected by a Hager din rail mounted C6/6kA MCB in main switchboard at position W3". This could be reduced to what was installed and where. The rest is well, quite superfluous 
7. Descriptions of fictitious work

Another area where the Board continues to take an interest is failing to provide a CoC to the owner/operator within 20 working days.

Here's a new one... including the name of a trainee or apprentice is fine and to be commended. But putting their registration details as an 'apprentice' is silly. In this case I looked the apprentice up on the EWRB's Public Register website and found his trainee ID number. They all carry Board-issued ID's and if they don't have one, then guess what? They aren't one. A reference to their trainee ID number is valid, but a description of his training and employment status is not!

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