April 2020 NewsFlash - AGA - Updated Safety Requirements

April 2020 NewsFlash

  • 29-04-2020

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AGA NewsFlash

Gas Refrigerators

LPG Cylinder Connection

Bioenergy Roadmap

AGA Forum

Standards Update

Domestic gas refrigerators - new safety requirements

A new standard for gas refrigerators , AS/NZS 5263.1.5 “Gas appliances – Part 1.5: Domestic gas refrigerators” was published by Standards Australia on 2 September 2019. This Standard supersedes AS 4555-2002/AG 105-2002, “Domestic gas refrigerators” and provides particular requirements for domestic gas refrigerators that apply in addition to, or in place of the general requirements for gas appliances set out in AS/NZS 5263.0 “Gas appliances, Part 0: General requirements”.

Portable gas refrigerators are very popular appliances commonly used in camping and leisure activities. Portable refrigerators are designed for outdoor use only and are clearly marked with the following label.

Sadly, there have been a number of incidents where people have suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of operating the appliance on gas in confined areas such as tents, caravans and vehicles. One of the key features of AS/NZS 5263.1.5 is a requirement that portable gas refrigerators designed for outdoor use must be fitted with an oxygen depletion system to provide an additional level of safety protection to the “DANGER” warning notice.

As the name implies an oxygen depletion system detects when the level of oxygen in the vicinity of the appliance drops and this is typically achieved via an ODS pilot and associated thermoelectric valve. The pilot flame / valve is designed to operate correctly when the oxygen concentration in the air is at normal levels (~20.9%) via the thermoelectric valve millivolt circuit. If the appliance is operated in a confined space with limited ventilation, the oxygen levels reduce over time (~18-19%) as the gas/air mixture is burned. At this point, the pilot flame becomes compromised (unstable) causing the flame millivolt circuit to drop out and force the thermoelectric valve to shut.

We hope this additional safeguard further reduces the number of incidents that have occurred when consumers fail to heed the warning labels.

LPG Cylinder Connection

The public comment period for the updated LPG Cylinder connection design and performance Standards is complete. The following Standards will now proceed to the final stages within Standards Australia and soon will be published:

* AS 4627:2017 Amd 1 (Quick-connect devices for gas)

* AS 2473.2:2015 Amd 1 (Valves for compressed gas cylinders, Part 2: Outlet connections (threaded) and stem (inlet) threads)

* AS 2473.1:2006 Amd 1 (Valves for compressed gas cylinders – Specifications, type testing, and manufacturing tests and inspections)

As mentioned in our special 19 February 2020 NewsFlash, if you produce or supply either the appliance or cylinder LPG connection, additional assessments may be required for your current AGA Certifications.

Please contact your AGA Client Manager for more information.

The Bioenergy Roadmap

The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction has announced the government will examine how Australia can build its bioenergy sector to become an increased source of clean energy and potential economic and job creation opportunities. 

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has started to develop a Bioenergy Roadmap and now calls for public submissions on how Australia can build its bioenergy sector and strengthen the country’s energy security.   The Bioenergy Roadmap is expected to be completed in the second half of 2020.

The Government, through ARENA, has already provided more than $118 million to help fund Australian bioenergy projects from areas such as waste, biogas, biomass and biofuels.

On behalf of ARENA, ENEA Consulting and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu will seek input from people and organisations with an interest in the bioenergy sector across a range of forums. If you or your organisation would like to have input to the Bioenergy Roadmap, please refer to the ARENA website at https://arena.gov.au/knowledge-innovation/bioenergy-roadmap/#make-a-submission

Submissions can be made from today and close Friday 29 May 2020.

AGA Forum

The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic around the world has affected every aspect of our lives and forced us to change the way we live and work.

It has been necessary to cancel many local and international events to avoid people congregating and risk transmission of the virus. The AGA Gas Industry Forum is normally held in November each year and planning has been underway for some time, however, the uncertainty of the times has made it difficult for speakers to commit, particularly when the extent of the economic downturn is unknown and travel restrictions might be lifted. Regrettably, in these uncertain times we have decided to cancel the 2020 Gas Industry Forum.

Latest Standards Updates

LPG Cylinder New Connection

AS/NZS 1596:2014 Amd 2 (The storage and handling of LP Gas) is open for public comment until the 19th May 2020

Gas Appliance Standards

AS/NZS 5263.1.3 (Gas appliances, Part 1.3: Gas space heating appliances ) is open for public comment until the 8th May 2020

AS/NZS 5263.1.8 (Gas appliances, Part 1.8: Decorative effect gas appliances) is open for public comment until the 8th May 2020

Gas Installation Standards

AS/NZS 5601.1:2013 Amd 4 (Gas installations, Part 1: General installations ) is open for public comment until the 16th June 2020

AS/NZS 5601.2 (Gas installations Part 2: LP Gas installations in caravans and boats for non-propulsive purposes) is open for public comment until the 16th June 2020

If you would like to submit any comments, you may forward them to our Group Manager, Technical Operations, Mr Bill (Vasilios) Tabourlos [btabourlos@aga.asn.au], or directly through the Standards Australia website: Click Here