New amendment to gasfitting standard
Recent changes to gasfitting standard AS/NZS 5601.1 require gasfitters to account for external weather conditions before testing for negative pressure and carbon monoxide spillage.
The new Amendment 3 to AS/NZS 5601.1: 2013 General Gas Installations, published on 24 April 2020, includes a new baseline conditions test, which must be performed as part of the spillage test requirements under Appendix R – Spillage Test for Flued Appliances.
Open-flued gas appliances can be affected by external temperature conditions or wind gusts, which can impact the smoke pattern seen during a smoke test.
By establishing a baseline smoke pattern for each appliance, gasfitters can determine whether the smoke pattern observed during a negative pressure test is a result of external weather conditions or the operation of exhaust fans and kitchen rangehoods.
All gasfitters working on gas appliances must familiarise themselves with the new, updated test procedure.
Gasfitters: Have your say on proposed changes to Parts 1 and 2 of AS/NZS 5601
Standards Australia invites gasfitters to comment on proposed changes to the standards for gas and LP gas installations.
The changes affect:
- AS/NZS 5601.1: 2013 – Gas installations, Part 1: General installations
- AS/NZS 5601.2: 2013 – Gas installations, Part 2: LP Gas installations in caravans and boats for non-propulsive purposes.
For further details on the proposed changes, including how to make a submission, visit Standards Australia’s consultation hub.
Feedback on the proposed changes is due by 16 June 2020.