In Australia, Energy Efficiency is governed by the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012 (GEMS) and the GEMS Regulator. Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) apply for certain types of electrical equipment with the aim of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In other words, reducing the carbon footprint and helping to save the planet.
Q: Why is Energy Efficiency compliance necessary?
A: To ensure electrical devices are efficient and hence energy consumption minimised. This is not just good for the environment but good for the wallet!
Applicable devices must comply with Energy Efficiency Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and must be registered and labelled with the Energy Rating under the GEMS E3 Program.
Common devices that must be registered and labelled
External Power Supply (GEMS labelling)
Common MEPS standards
- AS/NZS 3823.1.3 for water source air conditioners
- AS/NZS 5815.1 and AS/NZS 5815.2 for computer monitors
- AS/NZS 4665.1 and AS/NZS 4665.2 for external power supplies
TIP: External Power Supplies (EPS) must be MEPS compliant and registered however chargers are exempt
Global Approvals can arrange MEPS Energy Efficiency testing, register your products and provide labelling advice. Contact us for a solution.
Electrical Machinery must comply with relevant Australian State and Federal Workplace Safety Laws and codes of practice.
If the device has been assessed against the CE Marking Machinery Directive (MD) then key requirements may already be covered. Electrical Safety is a subset of Machinery Safety and key ERAC requirements may also be covered.
Q: Why is machinery safety important?
A: To ensure that machinery operators are not injured or killed by unsafe equipment.
Machines usually have a combination of moving parts, sharp edges, hot surfaces and high voltages. It is impotant to ensure they comply with relevant laws and standards to keep the operators safe.
Machinery safety is mandated as part of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, the Work Health and Safety (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011.
National policies for Work, Health & Safety (WHS) and Compensation are developed by Safe Work Australia, an Australian government statutory body.
Assessing machines against the essential Australian safety requirements begins with a risk assessment. The functional safety level is calculated and the design analysed to see if the level has been met. If not the machine must be modified.
Guards, interlocks and emergency stop buttons are key physical attributes that must be assessed.
Electrical safety requirements also apply. Approvals of sub components is important however the final integrated machine must be assessed against all relevant legislation, codes of practice, laws and standards.
Electromagnetic compatibility immunity testing is relevant for functional safety and is part of the analysis.
- AS / IEC / EN 60204-1 (Safety of Machinery, electrical equipment, general requirements)
- AS/NZS 4024.1 Series (Safety of Machinery)
- AS/NZS 4024.1201: (Safety of Machinery, general principles for design, Risk assessment and Risk reduction)
TIP: A machine that already has EU Machinery Directive compliance and a detailed technical file will be much easier and cheaper to assess. Try to ensure that key components are CE marked and compliance evidence is available.
Electrical Grid Connection
Other Australian Compliance Requirements
Many Australian standards exist that are not mandated by ACMA or ERAC. Compliance may however be required for endorsement by various industry groups and associations. Compliance may also be stipulated in state or federal government contracts or energy rebate schemes.
Compliance with standards that are not mandated by the Regulators can be requested by large retail groups or distributors and even savvy consumers!
Examples of standards not specified by Regulators include AS/NZS 4601 for Vehicle Immobilisers, AS 4607 for Personal Response Systems and Personal Alarms and AS/NZS 61000.6.1 or AS/NZS 61000.6.2 for road traffic signs supplied to Vic Roads or the NSW RTA.
Compliance with ACMA RCM, ERAC EESS, CE marking RED, LVD and EMC Directives often covers many key testing requirements of these standards.
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