18 Jul

NEWSLETTER JULY 2023 – Room Heaters, Fatal Incident Data 2022, Recalls Button/Cell Batteries, Safety Certificates Australia vs NZ

Room Heaters – Pins for Direct Insertion 

AS/NZS 60335.2.30 Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 2.30: Particular requirements for room heaters is progressing though the process for amendment to room heater requirements to preclude connection via means of pins for direct insertion into socket outlets, aimed to prevent an unsafe construction.

For further information please refer to eess.gov.au.

Electrical Fatal Incident Data Australia & New Zealand 2021 – 2022

The above data can be found on the ERAC website Electrical Fatality Data

Recalls Button/Cell batteries

Many products containing button/cell batteries have been recalled over the past few months for the following reasons:

  • The button/cell batteries are not secured in the battery compartment and are not child resistant according to the mandatory standards
  • The labelling requirements for packaging and product have not been met.

For further information visit ACCC.

Safety Certificates – Australia vs New Zealand

New Zealand recently published regulatory notices on the requirements for supplying high risk and medium risk electrical and electronic equipment in New Zealand.

Some differences compared to Australia are:

  • the equipment will need to be marked at 230V, or a range that includes 230V
  • the test reports need to have testing performed at 230V
  • Certified (or approved) electrical equipment needs to be marked with the authorised marking as the RCM is not recognised in New Zealand for electrical safety.
  • All compliance documentation must explicitly identify that all certification and testing comply with the New Zealand safety requirements.

For further information, please refer to our news item on the New Zealand notices.

If you require more information on how CBA can assist you with your regulatory requirements, please contact us on 61 2 9099-1557 or email Gunther at gtheisz@certificationbody.com.au or Colin at cpayne@certificationbody.com.au.

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