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FAQs - Gas safety checklist

Below are FAQs to assist gasfitters understand the requirements of the gas safety checklist. These FAQs will be updated regularly with questions raised by gasfitters. If you have a question to add to this list, email it to our Gas Technical Helpline gastechnicalenquiry@energysafe.vic.gov.au.

You must be a licensed gasfitter that is endorsed to service Type A gas appliances or a registered gasfitter working under the supervision of a licensed gasfitter that is endorsed to service Type A gas appliances.

Rental providers must keep a record of a gas safety check.

Keeping a checklist completed by the gasfitter is one way rental providers can comply with their obligations. It is also recommended the gasfitter maintain a copy for their records.

Yes. All appliances must be serviced during a gas safety check.

Gas safety checks must be completed every two years.

Yes. For single residential dwellings and for residential apartment buildings where the gas supply can be isolated to each individual apartment.

For residential apartment buildings where the gas supply cannot be isolated to each individual apartment then gas leakage should be checked from the gas isolation valve for each gas appliance.

Yes. Open flued gas space heaters and indoor open flued water heaters should be tested for spillage of combustion products due with all extraction systems including bathroom exhaust fans and kitchen rangehoods operating in the house.

Room sealed appliances and ducted heaters should also be tested for spillage of combustion products due to cracks in heat exchangers.

If there are signs of overheating or scorching of the overhead surfaces or if the potential for flaring to ignite grease filters exists then the installation is considered immediately dangerous and needs to be disconnected.

AS/NZS5601.1 requires that the overhead clearance to any surface shall not be less than 450mm so any lesser clearance should also be considered immediately dangerous.

Where the clearance is greater than 450mm and where there is no sign of overheating of surfaces including rangehood grease filters then the installation is not considered immediately dangerous but is non-compliant.

The non-compliance should be recorded and the rental provider should be advised with a recommendation to address the non-compliance.

The only requirements of the Standard that are applicable are those that are published at the time of installation