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OH&S – NT Worksafe July 2013 Newsletter

CERTIFICATES OF COMPLIANCE

The Electricity Safety Regulator has requested a review of the Certificate of Compliance system in place today due to input from the electrical contracting industry concerning the usefulness of the tick box system outside of housing construction. For tasks where a written description is required a separate sheet can be attached to the certificate of compliance. This has always been the case especially on large projects.

So we would like to hear from you:

  • Do you like the new Certificate of Compliance tick box format?
  • Do you need a writing space to describe the work undertaken?
  • Do you find the verification section useful, or cumbersome?
  • Is the electronic version (FM166) useful?
  • Are you concerned about unlicensed persons using the electronic version?

Please respond in writing, email your comments to robin.smith@nt.gov.au or fax them to (08) 8999 5141.

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AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS - NEW OR UPDATED STANDARDS

AS/NZS 5033:2012 Installation and Safety Requirements of Photovoltaic (PV) arrays (Amendment 2).

WHERE DO I GET THEM?

Standards are available from SAI Global http://www.saiglobal.com/

FIRES IN DC ISOLATOR SWITCHES

Recently five DC isolator switches used to isolate a grid connected inverters of photovoltaic systems have caught fire on various installations in Australia. It appears the internal contacts are failing to make effective contact causing internal arcing, and ignition of the plastic housing and enclosures.

If you are called to a grid connected solar PV system and find the isolator has caught fire could you please contact the Electricity Safety Unit at NT WorkSafe with the details, and if possible provide the damaged switch unit for inspection.

AT LAST AN ENCYCLOPEDIA FOR SPARKIES

Electropedia (also known as the "IEV Online") is the world's most comprehensive online electrical and electronic terminology database containing more than 20 000 terms and definitions. Electropedia is produced by the IEC, the world's leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies – collectively known as "electrotechnology". Electropedia contains all the terms and definitions in the International Electrotechnical Vocabulary.

You can find it at http://www.electropedia.org/

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