August 2020 NewsFlash - AGA

August 2020 NewsFlash

  • 25-08-2020

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AGA NewsFlash

New LPG Cylinder and Appliance connection

New Gas Industry Scheme

COVID Pandemic - AGA Operations Update

Standards Update

New LPG Cylinder and Appliance connection – anticipated transition period

The key Standards which outline the requirements for the new LPG cylinder and appliance connection are approaching publication. These Standards include:

* 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/NZS 5263.1.7 (Gas appliances, Part 1.7: Domestic outdoor gas cooking appliances)

Please read our dedicated LPG Cylinder Connection NewsFlash for the details regarding the testing and certification requirements when these Standards are published, via the following link https://www.aga.asn.au/new-lpg-cylinder-connection.  

As an indicative guide, we anticipate these Standards will be published in or around October 2020. If this is the case, the transitional periods to update affected AGA Certifications will be as follows:

* By April 2021 – The Type 27 valve becomes mandatory on new leisure cylinders

* By October 2021 – Type 27 appliance connection becomes mandatory on appliances

The above timeframes are a guide at the moment which will be confirmed when the Standards are published.

If you have any questions, please contact your AGA Client Manager or email AGA at office@aga.asn.au.

New Gas Industry Scheme – to be launched on 1st September 2020

AGA will be launching a brand new national scheme next week – Tuesday, 1st September 2020!

The new AGA Scheme extends AGA’s safety focus from testing, certification, industry forum collaboration and promotion to other critical areas. The Scheme is designed to benefit the gas industry, enhance consumer safety and provide targeted awareness about safety critical aspects and regulatory requirements to the Australian community.

Watch out for our NewsFlash on the 1st September 2020 for more details.

COVID Pandemic - AGA Operations Update

The COVID-19 virus was first detected in Australia in late January 2020 and has since forced us to change the way we live and function as a society.  To date there have been almost 25,000 confirmed cases in Australia and, tragically, the virus has claimed the lives of nearly 500 Australians.  In the absence of any coherent centrally coordinated plan, the various states and territories have independently implemented their own COVID strategies with varying degrees of success. 

The situation in Victoria got out of control plunging the state into a second wave of infections forcing the government to introduce Stage 4 restrictions in Metropolitan Melbourne and Stage 3 restrictions in rural areas.  Restrictions in other jurisdiction differ and we have taken the steps necessary to abide by the differing state/territory requirements whilst maintaining the best possible level of support and service to our customers, the broader industry and governments.  

AGA is a national organisation that operates in all states and territories and has permanent offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide as well as its laboratory located in Melbourne.  Accordingly, we have had to change many of our work practices to adapt in these new and unprecedented times.

All AGA certification, administration and accounts staff now work remotely or from home, however, we are confident this transition has been, and will remain invisible to our customers with no loss of customer service.

AGA’s laboratory operations will continue to operate in accordance with AGA’s strict “COVID Safe Plan” which ensures stringent safety protocols are followed.  This helps to protect the health and safety of AGA staff as well as those involved in the delivery/despatch of goods.

Whilst staff are working remotely, customers can still contact our offices in Melbourne, Sydney or Adelaide as normal and we will be there to assist.

As we manage the circumstances in which we find ourselves, we greatly appreciate your patience and understanding and thank you for your ongoing support.

Latest Standards Updates

AS 4563 (Commercial catering gas equipment) is open for public comment until the 4th September 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