You may have heard that earlier in 2018 the status of 'Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000) was being updated to the new version of AS/NZS 3000:2018. An external party, the Master Plumbers Association of NZ released information in March 2018, located here, about the recent update.
So what is this update?
What is 'AS/NZS 3000:2018 Wiring Rules'
Because of the development of new technologies, new products and an improvement in safety, the AS/NZS3000 Wiring Rules were updated in 2018 and as of January 1st 2019, all work must comply. Everyone across Australia & New Zealand within the industry is bound by the AS/NZS3000 Standards.
How does it impact you?
This is the 'wiring' standard for Electricians, so why does it impact you, as a Plumber? These new updates to the AS/NZS3000 Wiring Rules impact the work you do that involves electrical equipment i.e. Electric Hot Water Systems.
When will it impact you?
You must meet the new requirements for 'Safety Switch Protection' and 'Isolating Switches' when installing new electrical equipment. As a Plumber, you are not licensed to install these devices, so when must you consult a Licensed Electrician?
Replacing an item 'like for like':
As the Queensland Government Website explains, 'under a like for like replacement, that does not require any alterations to the existing wiring, does not require the final sub-circuit supplying the equipment to be upgraded to the new requirements'.
For more information on 'like for like', click here.
Replacing an item 'like for like' with alterations:
If you are replacing an item like for like and require extending the wiring for the relocation of the HWS, you must consult a licensed electrician to fully comply with the new requirements, including 'Safety Switch Protection' and 'Isolating Switches'.
Replacing an item:
If you are replacing an item that exceeds the current rating of the circuit protection device than you must meet the new requirements so consult a licensed electrician.
What if you fail to comply?
Any changes to items must comply with these rules. Failing to comply with these updates will result in enforcement action, such as notices and fines.
If you require additional information, please review the AS/NZS 3000:2018 documents or contact your local Plumbers association.