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New classes of prescribed electrical equipment to come in to effect 30 June 2018

Amendment 4 of AS/NZS 4417.2:2012 published on June 30 2017, introduced nine additions and changes to the classes of prescribed electrical equipment categories. These are now listed in appendix B of AS/NZS 4417.2 and take effect on 30 June 2018.

These classes are:

  • DC isolator
  • Wall switch
  • Glue gun
  • Light emitting Semiconductor lamp (Self Ballasted LED lamp)
  • Night light
  • Beauty care lamp
  • Electric hot water bottle
  • Electric overblanket / Duvet / Wrap
  • Portable luminaire

It is an offence under section 57 of Electricity Safety Act 1998 (the Act) to supply Level 3 or prescribed electrical equipment without being approved by Energy Safe Victoria (ESV), another electrical safety state regulator or JAS-ANZ accredited third party certifier. It is the responsibility of the supplier/distributor/wholesaler to ensure that the prescribed electrical equipment is approved and marked as approved before it is offered for supply.

The marking requirements are the relevant approval marking as listed on the certificate of approval or the RCM symbol.

There have also been additions made to appendix B of AS/NZS 4417.2 for Level 2 equipment. These are:

  • Simple portable Luminaire
  • Air conditioner incorporating non-flammable or low flammable refrigerant

Until the EESS legislation is introduced in Victoria, ESV does not intend to enforce section 57 of the Act for the above Level 2 pieces of electrical equipment. However, it would be expected that suppliers would be able to show compliance to the relevant standards.

New Level 3 definitions

B.2.63 DC Isolator

An electrical device that—

  1. is an air-break d.c. rated isolator; and
  2. is for connection to the wiring of a household photovoltaic (PV) electrical installation, other household renewable energy installation, or household energy storage installation.;

and includes–

  1. any dedicated individual enclosure where the dc isolator is classified as enclosed outdoor.

NOTE: A ‘dedicated individual enclosure’ includes a single dc isolator in an enclosure or multiple dc isolators in a common enclosure. It does not include the enclosure where the dc isolator is to be installed integral within a power conditioning equipment (PCE) enclosure, or is to be installed in an enclosure that complies with a relevant standard for assemblies for use in photovoltaic networks.

Class specification:
AS/NZS 60947.3

B.2.64 Glue gun

An electrical appliance that—

  1. is a household type;
  2. is hand held;
  3. is for melting and applying sticks of solid adhesive;

but does not include—

  1. a glue gun promoted exclusively to industry.

NOTE: For New Zealand see B.3.13

Class specification:
AS/NZS 60335.2.45

B.2.65 Light emitting semiconductor lamp (Self-ballasted)

Is an appliance that—

  1. incorporates a light emitting semiconductor light source; and
  2. has any additional elements necessary for stable operation of the light source
  3. incorporated within the lamp body and permanently connected to the light source; and
  4. has a rated voltage greater than 50 V and up to and including 250 V; and
  5. is intended for connection to supply via means of lamp cap for insertion into a
  6. lampholder;

but does not include—

  1. a double capped light emitting semiconductor lamp.

Class specification:
AS/NZS IEC 62560

B.2.66 Nightlight – mains socket-outlet mounted

An electrical appliance that—

  1. is a household type;
  2. incorporates integral pins for insertion into a socket outlet;
  3. is intended to provide a source of low-level illuminance in areas not normally illuminated
  4. at night;

but does not include—

  1. other appliances with indicator lamps.

NOTE: For New Zealand see B.3.15
Class specification:
AS/NZS 60598.2.12

B.2.67 Over blanket / Duvet / Wrap

An electrical appliance that—

  1. is for application of heat to a person by placing or draping over the person;
  2. is flexible;
  3. does not contain any heated liquid;
  4. has a fabric enclosure; and
  5. has a projected surface area exceeding 0.6 m2;

and includes—

  1. any associated power supply or controller.

Class specification:
AS/NZS 60335.2.17

B.2.62 Electric hot water bottle

An electrical appliance that—

  1. is for application of heat to parts of the human body;
  2. is flexible;
  3. contains liquid that is heated by internal electrical parts; and
  4. has a projected area not exceeding 0.6 m2.

Class specification:
AS/NZS 60335.2.81

B.2.53 Wall switch

Electronic switch added to Wall switch definition.

An electrical device that—

  1. is a household type;
  2. is an air-break or electronic switch;
  3. is for connection to the wiring of an electrical installation;
  4. is primarily for mounting on a vertical surface;
  5. is intended to turn a load ON or OFF; and
  6. has a rating not exceeding 20 A;

but does not include—

  1. automatic operation by means of motion sensors such as Passive Infrared sensors,
  2. Microwave sensors, Ultrasonic sensors or the like.

Class specification:
AS/NZS 3133.
For electronic switches – AS/NZS 60669.2.1 plus AS/NZS 3133 M rating, if applicable.

B.2.50 Beauty care lamp

Therapeutic Lamp heading was replaced with Beauty care lamp, and the scope has been expanded to all optical radiation from ultraviolet and Infra-red.

An electrical appliance that—

  1. is a household type;
  2. produces optical radiation for personal, cosmetic or nail hardening purposes; and
  3. is portable.

Class specification:
AS/NZS 60335.2.27 (or appliances for skin exposure to optical radiation)
AS/NZS 60335.2.113 (or cosmetic and beauty care appliances incorporating lasers and intense light sources)
AS/NZS 60335.2.23 plus exempt group limits from AS/NZS 62471 (for nail hardeners)

B.2.30 Luminaire—portable type

Definition of Portable luminaire has been changed to exclude some constructions. This construction has been re-classified as a simple luminaires.

An electrical appliance that—

  1. is a household type;
  2. provides illumination or for decorative purposes, produces light;
  3. is fitted with a supply flexible cord, an appliance inlet socket or a power supply unit with
  4. integral pins for insertion into a socket-outlet;
  5. is for standing on a table or floor, or is fitted with a clamp or similar for attachment to
  6. vertical or horizontal surfaces;
  7. is for use with electric light sources; and
  8. is constructed to represent a model, person or animal and, by its design and materials
  9. used, is likely to be treated by a child as a toy; or
  10. has metal parts that are required to be earthed or double insulated from live parts
  11. (excluding live parts of an all insulated lampholder);

but does not include—

  1. a simple luminaire – portable type.

Class specification:
Child appealing type (refer to Item (f)) – AS/NZS 60598.2.10
Type fitted with a built-in transformer or convertor – AS/NZS 60598.2.6
Other – AS/NZS 60598.2.4

New Level 2 definitions

Until the EESS legislation is introduced in Victoria, ESV does not intend to enforce section 57 of the Act for the below two types of electrical equipment. However, it would be expected that suppliers would be able to show compliance to the relevant standards.

B.2.61 Simple portable luminaire

A portable luminaire, in which the supply flexible cord (including any associated cord line switch) is terminated to a single lampholder mounted on a non-flexible, non-articulated stem in which the cord may be enclosed, that—

  1. only includes one or more of the following components that comply with the relevant;

Standards: Edison screw lampholder to accommodate screw cap of 14 mm or 27 mm nominal outside diameter or bayonet cap lampholder that accommodates a lamp with a bayonet cap of 15 mm or 22 mm nominal diameter, a cord line switch, supply flexible cord and plug; and

  1. is for use with light sources that have bases for insertion into E27, E14, B15 or B22;
  2. lampholders; and
  3. is of the ordinary type for indoor use only;

but does not include—

  1. a transformer;
  2. a dimmer or touch controls or other electronic devices or portable luminaires of type covered in AS/NZS 60598.2.8 and 60598.2.10.

Class specification:
AS/NZS 60598.2.4 or AS/NZS 60598.2.4 Annex ZA

B.2.58 Air conditioner incorporating non-flammable or low flammable refrigerant

An electrical appliance that—

  1. is for household use; and
  2. incorporates motor compressors; and
  3. is an electrical appliance designed to provide delivery of conditioned air to an enclosed space, room or zone; and
  4. includes a refrigeration system for cooling, heating or dehumidifying the air, including hydronic room fan coil type systems; and
  5. is portable, transportable or  fixed; and
  6. uses a refrigerant having a flammability classification of Class 1 or Class 2 in accordance with ISO. For refrigerant blends that have more than one flammability classification, the most unfavourable classification is taken.

NOTE: For example, if a refrigerant blend has a flammability classification of  A2/A2L then the blend is considered to be a flammable refrigerant and the appliance is as described in B.2.57.

Class specification:
AS/NZS 60335.2.40

For any further inquiries, contact the Electrical Equipment Safety division at ESV on 9203 9700 or send your inquiry to info@energysafe.vic.gov.au.

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