[faq_accordion title=”Do all appliances need to be gas safety approved?”]Yes if you are importing appliances from another country, or using appliances that do not currently have a recognised Australian certification badge on them.
[faq_accordion title=”Who are approved Gas safety approval bodies in Australia?”]
- Queensland Gas Association
- Australian Gas Association
- Licenced Gas Certifiers – Check their permit prior to getting work done
[faq_accordion title=”What sort of appliances need to be gas safety approved?”]
Gas cooktops, ovens, stoves, tepenyaki grills, fryers, heaters, caravan appliances and more.
[faq_accordion title=”Why do I need to get a gas fitter to look at my appliance?”]
The gas fitter does the initial check to ensure the appliance is safe to use, complying with Australian standards.
[faq_accordion title=”What if my appliance is not gas safety approved?”]
If the appliance is not certifiable it is out of our control what happens from there. If you are purchasing items from overseas we cannot guarantee that they will comply with Australian Standards.
[faq_accordion title=”If I import an appliance in, will I be able to get it gas safety approved?”]
There is no guarantee an imported gas appliance may be approved.
There is a simple checklist. The appliance must be conform to the Australian standards- or the relevant standard for that appliance.
- The markings must be in English, as well as instructions, knobs, thermostats etc
- The gas valves and components need to be approved components.
- Appliance burner pressures must not exceed 1.00 kPa Natural gas and 2.75 kPa LPG/ Butune gas for domestic and commercial gas appliances.
- The construction needs to pass the requirements- sturdy, wont rust out.
- The appliance must work safely as designed.
- When the appliance is working, make certain the appliance does not create more than 65C onto any external surfaces or walls.
- Ensure all surfaces that can be touched, are cool to touch.
In many cases, the appliances are not suitable, the appliances need to be rectified and brought up to standard. It maybe cheap to purchase a gas or electrical appliance from overseas, however it may cost thousands of dollars to get the appliance rectifier to compliance, then further costs for the gas safety approval.
Often, it is cheaper to purchase a locally made and approved gas/electrical appliance.
Be warned – check before you import…. it may be a costly exercise.
[faq_accordion title=”How much does a gas safety approval cost?”]
Between $320-$390 depending on the appliance. If you have more than 4 appliances there is a 5% discount for each appliance.
[faq_accordion title=”How long will a gas safety approval take?”]
Provided that the appliance is approvable, certifications only take between 1-3 hours for one to three items, however processing your application and appointing a time can take up to three weeks.
[faq_accordion title=”I need my gas safety approval complete in the next three days, is this possible?”]
Bizmatrix advises that we need at least two weeks’ notice to process your application, in some cases it will be done sooner, however please try to send in your application as soon as possible, as we cannot guarantee gas safety approval completion with less than 2 weeks’ notice.
[faq_accordion title=”Caravan Servicing and Certification Licence restrictions”]
(As per http://mines.industry.qld.gov.au/assets/petroleum-pdf/gas_licence_notes.pdf)
- Licensed certifiers are permitted to inspect and certify caravan installations for compliance with s734 of the Petroleum and Gas Production and Safety Act 2004 and specifically the Australian Standard AS/NZS 5601.2:2010 ‘Gas Installations – LP Gas Installations in caravans and boats for non-propulsive purposes’ and issue Gas System Compliance Certificates to meet relevant inspection/certification requirements in the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Regulation 2004.
- Certification must take into account all relevant safety requirements of caravans with particular emphasis on ensuring appliances are approved, adequate ventilation, good combustion and no leakage. The certificate you sign states that you have inspected the gas system and that all the requirements of the standard have been met.
- You may carry out all servicing work on caravan gas systems.
3. Work outside the scope of your licence:
- You are not permitted to install a new or replacement gas appliance of any type including “like for like”. However, you may ‘refit’ the same appliance removed for cleaning/checking, but only in the same place and in the same way.
- You are not permitted to carry out any installation, modification or repair to pipework other than the tightening existing joints to seal any leakage.
- You are not permitted to accept/certify any work that is not in strict compliance with the standard.
[faq_accordion title=”What is a Gas Safety Approval?”]
Type A devices are natural gas or LP gas (typically mass produced) appliances used in domestic or light commercial areas that have an appliance badge. All Type A gas devices must be approved (certified) by the Chief Inspector, Petroleum and Gas, or by a person or body approved by the Chief Inspector.
It is an offense under the P&G Act to operate a Type A Gas Device in the absence of a Gas Safety Approval. As Gas Fitters and the voice of the Gas Industry within Queensland, we need to be continually advocating Gas Safety Awareness.
For individual type devices or ‘one off’ approvals, applications can be made through the QGA. Please note that that approvals made by the QGA approvers have no legal standing in another state and territory, unless the QGA scheme is recognised by the technical regulator of that jurisdiction.
The purpose of the Individual Type A Gas Device Approval Scheme is to provide a cost effective and practical pathway for approval; allowing manufacturers and importers to produce or import one-off or low quantities of Type A gas devices, ensuring an acceptable level of safety while still allowing for market testing and gas device (appliance) design innovation without the financial burden of laboratory based type testing.
The following are some examples of Type A Devices:
Ø atmospheric steamers
Ø barbecue grillers
Ø boiling water units
Ø chinese cooking tables
Ø food warmers including bain-marie
Ø open and closed top boiling tables
Ø pasta cookers
Ø salamanders, grillers and toasters
Ø solid grill plates and griddles
Ø stockpots and brat pans
Ø decorative gas log appliances and similar appliances
Ø domestic gas cooking appliances
Ø domestic gas refrigerators
Ø domestic outdoor gas barbeques
Ø indirect gas-fired ducted air-heaters
Ø gas air conditioners with the capacity to consume no more than 500MJ in an hour
Ø gas fired water heaters for hot water supply or central heating
Ø gas laundry dryers
Ø gas pool heaters
Ø gas space heating appliances
Ø LP gas portable and mobile appliances
Ø LPG mobile industrial direct fired air heaters
Ø overhead radiant tube gas heaters
Ø portable gas generators with the capacity to consume no more than 500MJ in an hour
Ø radiant gas heaters for outdoor and non-residential use