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Electrical update – NZ-only Amendment A to Wiring Rules

Wiring rules AS/NZS 3000 – New Zealand-only Amendment A published

Standards New Zealand recently published a New Zealand-only amendment to AS/NZS 3000:2007 Electrical installations (known as the Australia/New Zealand Wiring Rules). Amendment A:

• modifies the residual-current device (RCD) requirements in primary schools and pre-schools
• specifies new requirements for the types of recessed luminaires that can be installed in residential installations
• sets requirements for the presence of thermal insulation in residential installations.
These changes were introduced via a New Zealand-only amendment so that the new requirements could be cited in the forthcoming amendment to the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010, which is expected to be published in November 2011.

The EL-001 joint technical committee responsible for AS/NZS 3000 is currently developing a joint amendment to the Standard, planned for publication in early 2012. Because of the short time frame between Amendment A and Amendment 2, the text of the New Zealand-only Amendment A will not be incorporated into AS/NZS 3000:2007 until the joint Amendment 2 is published in early 2012.

Download the New Zealand only Amendment A to AS/NZS 3000:2007 for free from our website.
• Order AS/NZS 3000:2007 Electrical installations (known as the Australia/New Zealand Wiring Rules)
New video resource available – Electricity Act 1992, Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010, Compliance/Enforcement, and Standards

Energy Safety, the Electrical Workers’ Registration Board (EWRB), and Standards New Zealand recently released a new video resource for the electrical sector. The video has been created so all practitioners can have ongoing access to this information, rather than relying on traditional roadshow type seminars, which can be difficult for many practitioners to attend. The video focuses on:

• the Electricity Act 1992 – the legislation which sets down the requirements for the registration of electrical workers and allows the EWRB to determine who can do different types of electrical work
• the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010, which cover the technical guidelines for electrical work
• the relevant Standards, which have all the technical information you need to follow and support the regulations.
• You can view the video by following this link:
Future updates are intended to be released when substantive changes to Regulations are made, to keep the information valid.

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