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Amendment 2 of AS/NZS 4417.2:2018

Amendment 2 of AS/NZS 4417.2:2018 was published on 26 June 2020. This amendment takes effect 12 months from the date of its publication i.e. from 26 June 2021. It introduces replacement of definitions for Building Wiring Cable, Clothes Dryer, Hedge Clipper, Miniature overcurrent circuit breaker, Supply flexible cord, and Tool – portable type. It also includes changes in the class specification for Hedge Clipper, Power supply or charger and Tool – portable type. Details of the changes in definitions are as follows:

A single or multicore electric cable insulated with polymeric materials that—

  1. has one to five conductors of stranded or solid cores of copper conductors;
  2. has an insulated and laid up flat or circular configuration;
  3. is sheathed or unsheathed;
  4. has active phase conductors with a nominal cross-sectional area 0.5 mm² to 16 mm²
  5. has an insulation designation of V-75, V-90, V-90HT or X-90; and
  6. is intended for use in electrical installations at working voltages up to:-
    1. 450/750V; or
    2. 0.6/1 (1.2) kV

but does not include—

  1. armoured, metallic screened and metal sheathed cables;
  2. halogen free cables;
  3. cables with a Fire Rating;
  4. Supply Flexible Cords (see B.2.62);
  5. control cables where the insulation of the conductors are not individually coloured;
  6. cables with a conductor flexibility of Class 5 or greater according to AS/NZS 1125

NOTE 1: Cables that have a conductor flexibility of Class 5 according to AS/NZS 1125 are commonly known as Flexible Cable.

  1. cables not captured by the scope of AS/NZS 5000.1 or AS/NZS 5000.2.

NOTE 2: The scopes of AS/NZS 5000.1 and AS/NZS 5000.2 do not apply to polymeric insulated cables for special installations and service conditions or for which there are separate Australian/New Zealand Standards.

An electrical appliance that—

  1. is a household type; and
  2. is for drying textile material;

but does not include—

  1. a heated towel rail; or
  2. a gas appliance having electrical connections.

An electrical appliance that—

  1. is for trimming hedges;
  2. has one or more linear reciprocating cutter blades; and
  3. is hand held.

An electrical appliance that—

  1. is an enclosed air-break switch;
  2. opens a low voltage circuit automatically under predetermined conditions of over-current;
  3. has a nominal rating not exceeding 125 A; and has—
    1. a current breaking capacity not exceeding 10 kA; and
    2. a projected panel mounting area not exceeding 4000 mm2 per pole; and includes—
  4. miniature overcurrent circuit breakers as defined that are mounted in equipment;

but does not include—

  1. miniature overcurrent circuit breakers as defined but that are intended and marked as being only for use in industrial applications; and
  2. miniature overcurrent circuit breakers, for mounting in equipment, that are within the scope of IEC 60934.

An electrical cord that—

  1. is unscreened and flexible;
  2. is designed for use at low voltage;
  3. consists of two or three elastomer or PVC insulated cores of multistrand construction;
  4. has a cross-sectional area of each conductor not exceeding 2.5 mm2; and
  5. has, for other than tinsel cords, individual wire strands with a diameter not exceeding –
    1. 0.21 mm for conductor sizes up to 1mm2; or
    2. 0.26 mm for conductor sizes exceeding 1mm2;

    NOTE This includes interconnection cords

But does not include—

  1. a flexible cord directly connected to equipment or approved non-rewireable accessories that is marked in accordance with the HAR marking agreement for flexible cords;
  2. wiring contained entirely within the enclosure of equipment

An electrical motor-operated appliance that—

  1. is intended to do mechanical work;
  2. is with or without provisions for mounting on a support;
  3. is intended or designed to be held or supported by hand during operation

But does not include—

  1. lawn and garden machinery;
  2. a tool, portable type, promoted exclusively to industry;
  3. a transportable tool;
  4. a heat gun.NOTE: Mechanical work involves operations such as machining, drilling, cutting, sawing, impacting, fixing and surface preparation.