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Electrical news and updates

Electrical Safety Bill consultation period closed

CBOS would like to thank anyone who provided a submission relating to the new Electrical Safety Bill 2020.

The Tasmanian Government is reforming and consolidating electrical safety laws, which have not been updated since the 1990s. The Bill consolidates the electricity safety laws, reduces duplication and improves flexibility in adopting and managing new electrical technologies as they develop.

We are pleased with the positive commitment to improving electricity safety in the state, as a number of well-considered and valued submissions have been received.

You can review the submissions on the Department of Justice website.

ESS Hazard Alerts

Electrical Standards and Safety have produced the following Hazard Alerts which relate to particular safety concerns and risks raised about electrical products and practices.

Hazard Alert TitleSummary

Hazard Alert 4 - Fire risk with dryers - spontaneous combustion (PDF, 377.8 KB)

Published December 2020

Warning on the use of both commercial and domestic tumble dryers to dry items exposed to cooking fats and other oils which can result in a fire.
Hazard Alert 3 - Detrimental effects on flued appliances when installing mechanical ventilation (exhaust fans) (PDF, 178.0 KB)

Published October 2020
Warning on the impact on the safe operation of open flued gas space heaters when installing or replacing kitchen range hoods and bathroom exhaust fans.

Hazard Alert 2 - Cable insulation (PDF, 354.7 KB)

Published June 2020

Warning on the hazards when cable insulation deteriorates resulting in increased risk of electric shock, arcing and fire.

Hazard Alert 1 - Polarity sensitive RCBO devices(PDF, 146.2 KB)

Published July 2018

Warning on hazards when RCBO devices are incorrectly wired and may not operate when leakage current is present

Selected Electrical Recall Alerts

Electrical Standards and Safety draws your attention to the following recalls, the full list of all recalls is at recalls.gov.au.  The ACCC website has additional information.

Recall TitleSummary

LG Battery Energy Storage System - Recall

Battery storage installed in conjunction with solar systems. Recalled due to a defect that may result in batteries overheating and catching fire. This recall applies to particular models and serial numbers.

For further information and to check if your system is affected visit the  Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

ESS Advisory Notes

Electrical Standards and Safety have produced the following Advisory Notes which provide an explanation of technical requirements most often contained with a Standard.

Advisory Note TitleSummary

Electrical Advisory Note 4 - Requirements for d.c. connectors within photovoltaic (PV) solar installations

Published: November 2020

Explains the safety requirements to use the same d.c. connectors (type and manufacture) within photovoltaic (pv) solar installations

Electrical Advisory Note 3 - Electricity consumption metering installation requirements (PDF, 239.1 KB)

Published: October 2020

Explains electricity consumption metering locations and the associated restrictions related to enclosure height, conducting repairs, alterations and replacing meters.

Electrical Advisory Note 2 - New standard for battery storage systems (PDF, 175.0 KB)

Published: October 2019

Changes to solar installation requirements - AS/NZS 5139:2019 Electrical Installations - Safety of battery systems for use with power conversion equipment.

The Standard is mandatory from 11 January 2020. Supersedes AS 4086.2:1997 Secondary Batteries for use with stand-alone systems, part 2: Installation and maintenance.

Electrical Advisory Note 1 - DC Isolator installation (PDF, 511.8 KB)

Published: October 2019

Covers changes to AS/NZS 5033:2014 Installation and safety requirements for photovoltaic (PV) arrays and DC isolator protection from environmental effects. The amendment came into effect on 29 June 2019.
Updated: 09 Apr 2021