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Compliance Insights September 2023

The September 2023 updates to standards and regulatory frameworks impacting the design, import or distribution of electrical products in Australia and New Zealand.

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October 13, 2023

Regulatory changes

WorkSafe New Zealand updated its guidance document for the August 2022 notices as follows:

Section 3, Equipment marking: Reference to NSW was removed (previous text was “While the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) is mandatory under the EESS rules, it is not recognised for this purpose in New Zealand or under the NSW regime” — text in red is now removed).

The following statement was added:

“The importer is responsible for making sure that the product matches the supporting Test Report. It is not sufficient to rely on a supplier declaration.” 

Section 5, Testing and certification: The following statement was added:

“If you are fully compliant with the applicable standard across the full voltage range, you do not need to repeat all the testing at 230 volts.”

This provides clarification that additional testing specifically at 230 VAC is not required.

Section 7, Test reports: The following text was removed:

“Where a test report is older than one year at the time of the certification, the certification validity period must not extend beyond the remaining time for the maximum age of the test report.”

Section 8, Product families: The following statement was added:

“The importer is responsible for making sure that the product matches the supporting Test Report. It is not sufficient to rely on a supplier declaration.” 

The updated guidance document can be found at 
https://www.worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/electricity/appliances-and-fittings/new-rules-regarding-the-supply-of-declared-articles-in-new-zealand/.

Standard/amendment published but pending application

The following standards have an application date within the next 6 months:

AS/NZS 60335.1:2020, Amendment 1

Household and Similar Electrical Appliances – Safety – Part 1: General Requirements 
Amendment 1, published on Nov. 26, 2021
For AS variation only: Defines the rated voltage for the purposes of testing to be 230-240 V for appliances intended to be connected to mains supply if the marked supply voltage does not include 230 V or 240 V 

Date of application: Nov. 26, 2023

AS/NZS 60335.2.25:2020

Household and Similar Electrical Appliances – Safety – Part 2.25: Particular Requirements for Microwave Ovens, Including Combination Microwave Ovens
New edition, published on Dec. 18, 2020
Supersedes AS/NZ 60335.2.25:2011
Identical adoption of IEC 60335-2-25, Ed. 7

  • Clarification for normal operation that last cycles excluded 1-minute rest period.
  • Clarifies that winding temperature rise is measured during the tests.
    • Added alternative measurement method during abnormal operation if microwave leakage exceeds 100 W/m2 (Cl. 19.101).
    • Additional requirement that interlock switch operated by detachable part should not cause accidental operation (Cl. 22.120).
  • Additional requirement for simultaneous activation of heating elements and motors (Cl. 22.121).

Date of application: Dec. 18, 2023

AS/NZS 60335.2.30:2015, Amendment 4

Household and Similar Electrical Appliances – Safety – Part 2.30: Particular Requirements for Room Heaters 
Amendment 4, published on Nov. 26, 2021
Modified text adoption of IEC 60335-2-30:2009, Ed. 5, Amendment 2

  • Adds surface temperature probe specification for accessible surface measurement (Cl. 11.3, 11.8 and Table 101 updated).
  • Requires supply cords for outdoor heaters to be sheathed with polychloroprene or equivalent synthetic elastomer.
  • AU/NZ national differences replaces the wording “switched off” in Cl. 30.2.1 with “switched off or otherwise rendered inoperative.” 

Date of application: Nov. 26, 2023

AS/NZS 60335.2.32:2020

Household and Similar Electrical Appliances – Safety – Part 2.32: Particular Requirements for Massage Appliances 
New edition, published on Nov. 27, 2020
Supersedes AS/NZS 60335.2.32:2014
Identical adoption of IEC 60335-2-32:2019, Ed. 5

  • Additional requirements for accessible surface temperatures (Cl. 11).
  • Alternative stability requirements for hand-held appliances (Cl. 20.2).
  • New mechanical strength test (drop test) for hand-held appliances (Cl. 21.101).

Date of application: Nov. 27, 2023

AS/NZS 60335.2.53:2011, Amendment 2

Household and Similar Electrical Appliances – Safety – Part 2.53: Particular Requirements for Sauna Heating Appliances and Infrared Cabins 
Amendment 2, published on Nov. 26, 2021
Identical adoption of IEC 60335-2-53:2011, Ed. 4, Amendment 2

  • Minor changes to warning statements for instruction manual enhancing supervision/inspection requirements.
  • Added setup and temperature rise requirement for sauna room of Annex AA, prefabricated sauna and prefabricated infrared cabin during Cl. 11 normal operation.
  • Clarification on type of sauna heaters subject to Cl. 19.101 and 19.102 abnormal operation.
  • Enhanced limitations on maximum operational duration for timers or programmable timers (Cl. 22.103).
  • Additional requirement that sauna heating appliances shall have an indication light or display option when switched on (Cl. 22.110).

Date of application: Nov. 26, 2023

AS/NZS 60335.2.84:2020

Household and Similar Electrical Appliances – Safety – Part 2.84: Particular Requirements for Toilet Appliances
New edition, published on Nov. 27, 2020
Supersedes AS/NZS 60335.2.84:2014
Identical adoption of IEC 60335-2-84:2019, Ed. 3

  • Added installation instructions in IM for the placement of warning labels regarding disposal of glowing cigarette or other burning material (Cl. 7.12.1).
  • Additional requirements for appliances that have programmable electronic circuits that limit the number of heating elements and motors being energized at the same time (Cl. 22.105, Annex R).

Date of application: Nov. 27, 2023

AS/NZS 60335.2.95:2020

Household and Similar Electrical Appliances – Safety – Part 2.95: Particular Requirements for Drives for Vertically Moving Garage Doors for Residential Use
New edition, published on Nov. 27, 2020
Supersedes AS/NZS 60335.2.95:2012
Identical adoption of IEC 60335-2-95:2019, Ed. 4

  • Minor revision to instruction requirements to separate between “substance of” items and more general information (Cl. 7.12).
  • Added requirements for instructions to include safe handling details for drives over 20 kg (Cl. 7.12).
  • Added requirement for markings to be included in the instructions (Cl. 7.15)
  • Added allowance for trademark and model name to be retrieved from label barcode, which should be visible on appliance after installation (Cl. 7.15).
  • Clarified requirements for mechanical safety tests (Cl. 20.101-20.106) during protective electronic circuit (PEC) fault testing; driven part must also stop at safe position during these tests (Cl. 19.13).
  • Added relaxations for Class III appliance supply cords (Cl. 25.8, 25.15).

Date of application: Nov. 27, 2023

AS/NZS 60335.2.107:2020

Household and Similar Electrical Appliances – Safety – Part 2.107: Particular Requirements for Robotic Battery Powered Electrical Lawnmowers
New edition, published on Dec. 18, 2020
Supersedes AS/NZ 60335.2.107:2013
Identical adoption of IEC 60335-2-107, Ed. 2.1

  • Added definition for peripherals, automatic mode, cell, battery, fully charged, discharged, general purpose (battery/cell), switched circuit and power switch.
  • Additional requirement for rating label marking, warnings and instruction manual (Cl. 7).
  • Clarifying charging stations and perimeter delimiter to be protected against live parts (Cl. 8).
  • New protection against electric shock requirement for hazardous battery voltages (Cl. 8.101).
  • Revised leakage and high voltage assessment to include all mains-powered peripherals.
  • Removed motor lock rotor and running overload test (Cl. 19.7 and 19.9).
  • Clarification on electronic fault testing (Cl. 19.11).
  • Revised stability and mechanical hazards requirements for manual controllers, manual stops, cutting means stopping time, traction drive stopping and restart procedures, as well as a new standing and kneeling child foot probe test (Cl. 20).
  • Revised construction requirements for disabling devices, working area, perimeter delimiter, sensors and manual controllers, as well as new requirements for machine connectors used for charging and contact surfaces used as obstruction-sensing devices (Cl. 22).
  • Revised switch component requirement to address the loading condition experienced by the machine (Cl. 24).
  • Revised creepage and clearance requirements for the machine and non-mains-powered peripherals (Cl. 29).
  • Additional information for operation of the lift sensor, tilt sensor, obstruction sensor and rollover sensor (Annex JJ).
  • Revised requirement for battery operation and charging (Annex KK replaces Annex B and Annex S).

Date of application: Dec. 18, 2023

AS/NZS 62841.3.1:2015, Amendment 2

Electric Motor-Operated Hand-Held Tools, Transportable Tools and Lawn and Garden Machinery – Safety – Part 3.1: Particular Requirements for Transportable Table Saws 
Amendment 2, published on Nov. 26, 2021
Identical adoption of IEC 62841-3-1:2014, Ed. 1 A1

  • Additional statements to be added in instruction manual.
  • Added minimum performance level for providing run-down time as required by Cl. 19.105 as part of requirement for electronics circuit providing safety-critical functions (Cl. 18.8).
  • Clarification on saw blade guard and guarding below-table abnormal operation in Cl. 19.101.2.8 and 19.102.
  • Replaced “rupture resistance” wording with “ultimate tensile strength” (Cl. 19.102)
  • Added limit for ultimate tensile strength and Izod notched impact strength required for saw blade guard’s other nonmetallic material.
  • Changes to depth of cut and bevel angle setting construction assessment (Cl. 21.103.2).
  • Extra warning statement for battery tools.

Date of application: Nov. 26, 2023

AS/NZS 62841.3.9:2020

Electric Motor-Operated Hand-Held Tools, Transportable Tools and Lawn and Garden Machinery – Safety – Part 3.9: Particular Requirements for Transportable Mitre Saws
New edition, published on Nov. 26, 2020
Supersedes AS/NZS 62841.3.9:2015
Identical adoption of IEC 62841.3.9:2020, Ed. 2.0

  • Increase maximum saw blade diameter to 410 mm.
  • Minor changes to abnormal operation of mitre saw (Cl. 19.101.7).
  • Clarification on guard material requirement (Cl. 20.1).
  • Modification to tabletop dimension requirement (Cl. 21.102.1).

Date of application: Nov. 27, 2023

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