January 2024 NewsFlash - AGA

January 2024 NewsFlash

  • 13-02-2024

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AGA NewsFlash

Message from MD

LP gas cylinder adaptors banned

LCC 27 included in New Zealand

Standards Update

Message from AGA's MD

Belated New Year wishes to all, and heartfelt greetings to our friends marking the Chinese New Year currently!

As we enter a new year, AGA is committed to efficiently supporting your certification and testing needs for all your gas, plumbing, electrical performance, cylinder, test station and type B certifications.

We look forward to growing our new community schemes for gas fitters and plumbers which have been designed to enhance safety and provide access to Australian Standards and AGA’s expertise. Your feedback will be invaluable as we refine these initiatives.

A key area of expansion this year is hydrogen testing as we anticipate the publication of the new hydrogen appliance safety specification. Also, with strong partnerships in China, Europe, United States and Asia, we are better positioned to assist our members and customers in meeting all your certification and testing needs on a global scale.

We look forward to a year of growth, safety, and success, driven by our commitment to excellence and your ongoing support.

Warm regards,

Bill Tabourlos

Managing Director and CEO

*Photo from Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation, and Safety 

LP gas cylinder adaptors banned

In response to a recent incident, Western Australia has imposed a ban on the sale, hire, and use of LP gas cylinder adaptors that convert old Type 21 (POL) valves to the new Type 27 (LCC27) configuration.

This prohibition order has been enacted by the Director of Energy Safety and came into effect on 29 December 2023. The objective of this ban is to enhance safety by eliminating the risks associated with using these adaptors. The adaptors in question allowed older POL cylinder valves to connect to appliances designed for the LCC27, undermining critical safety features designed to prevent gas leaks and potential explosions.

The adaptors compromise the LCC27 valve’s safety feature which ensures a gas-tight seal to prevent gas flow unless properly connected to the appliance. The contrasting thread directions between POL and LCC27 connections further exacerbate the risk, where attempting to tighten an LCC27 appliance onto an adaptor could inadvertently loosen the connection at the cylinder.

Authorities recommend using gas cylinders with the new LCC27 valves directly with corresponding appliances and advise against the use of adaptors to mitigate the risk of accidents. For more detailed information and safety guidelines CLICK HERE.

Type 27 (LCC 27) included in New Zealand national safety standards

In a significant regulatory update, New Zealand has formally incorporated AS 4627:2017 Amd 1: 2020, which outlines the specifications and requirements for Type 27 (LCC27) valve inlet connections, into its national safety standards. Enacted by the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Hon Carmel Sepuloni, this instrument underscores New Zealand’s commitment to maintaining rigorous health and safety standards.

This change came into effect on 25 September 2023 and the safe work instrument specifies AS 4627:2017 Amd 1:2020 as an official standard for valve inlet connections of LPG regulators – as per regulations 11 and 15.33(2)(d) of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017. This inclusion ensures a harmonized approach to safety across the Tasman. CLICK HERE for more information.

Latest Standards Updates

AS 4563:2022 Amd 1 – Commercial catering gas equipment is our for public comment until 27 March 2023

AS/NZS 5601.1:2022 Amd 2 – Gas installations, Part 1: General installations

and

AS/NZS 5601.2:2020 Amd 2 – Gas installations, Part 2: LP Gas installations in caravans and boats for non-propulsive purposes

Are out for public comment until 8 March 2024

AS 62282.4.101 – Fuel cell technologies, Part 4.101: Fuel cell power systems for electrically powered industrial trucks – Safety (IEC 62282-4-101:2022, MOD) is out for public comment until 19 February 2024

If you would like to submit any comments, you may forward them directly through to Standards Australia – See following guide: Click Here