Air Conditioners now “Declared” articles

Household Air Conditioners – As a reminder, for the first time, air conditioners have become declared articles. If you import and sell air conditioners then you must ensure they are tested and approved before sale. Household Air conditioners that contain flammable refrigerant must comply with AS/NZS 60335.2.40, be issued with a Certificate of Approval or.. read more →

16 Jun 2017
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Salt Lamp Dangers

ERAC (The Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council) has recently published an Information Notice regarding Salt Lamps (aka Himalayan Salt Lamps, Rock Salt Lamp or Crystal Salt Lamp). The construction of the salt lamp determines what level of approval the luminaire requires, but ERAC also advises that additional testing of the lampholder be performed as part of.. read more →

09 Oct 2015
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MEPS for Reflector Bulbs

Similar to the recent phasing out of inefficient 240V incandescent “General Service” light bulbs, mains voltage reflector lamps including PAR lamps will need to comply with MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standards) by October 2016. This means that if you supply products that have these 240V incandescent lamps fitted, then you will need to ensure the.. read more →

09 Oct 2015
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Shipping Checks

When did you last check that your production meets the originally approved product? The introduction of the EESS (Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme) is starting to show that Government policing and field audits have begun in earnest. We are seeing more recalls and offering more assistance to clients in this regard than ever before. It is.. read more →

09 Oct 2015
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Renewal Vs Extension – Consider Imminent Expiry Carefully!

When your renewal reminder notice is sent to you it has some serious implications that should be carefully considered. In most cases, the cost of a 12 month extension is the same as a 5 year renewal. In the case of Third-Party Certifiers (SAA Approvals, TUV Rheinland, ASA etc) and the NSW Office of Fair.. read more →

27 Feb 2015
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Socket Outlets and Wall Switches – Insulating Plugs Over Screw Heads

We are seeing more of these wall plates these days in the “slimline” design with removable cover plates as opposed to the older “thicker” designs. The standard requires that when mounted, and if the screw heads can be touched with the “standard test finger”, then there shall be an insulating cover over the screw head.. read more →

27 Feb 2015
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EPOD’s – Electric Portable Outlet Devices (Power Boards and such)

There is a new 2014 version of the standard AS/NZS 3105 which has new tests. It also incorporates requirements from the “conditioning and control device” standard AS/NZS 3197 to encompass these devices as well. Please ensure that your power board designs incorporate the new requirements for approved electronic components (MOV’s) and pass the additional tests.. read more →

27 Feb 2015
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Wall Switches – New Marking Requirements

If you market wall switches (including socket outlet switches) for fixed installation, then the new requirements coming into effect on 19th August 2016 will mean that your brand name must appear on the front where it is visible after installation. Poor marking requirements to date have meant that easy identification of brand names of electrician-installed wall switches.. read more →

27 Feb 2015
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EESS Update Feb 2015 – Transition Period

Because the uptake of the ERAC/EESS legislation by states other than QLD and TAS has been slow, the ERAC secretariat has advised that you only need to register equipment for the first 12 month period only ($75 per model/family). You will not be charged a renewal fee at the end of the 12 month period.. read more →

27 Feb 2015
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ARKpX (“ARK” as in Noah’s Ark and “pX” as in Private Exchange) – Your Virtual Filing Cabinet

Our personalised private cloud storage solution is now compatible with the new versions of iOS8. Did you know you can use your iPhone or iPad to look at what is stored on your personalised secure cloud here at QEC Global? Simply download the free ARKpX app from iTunes and have instant access to your approval.. read more →

27 Feb 2015
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