Type B gas appliances
A consumer shall not use a Type B gas appliance in Western Australia unless the gas appliance is approved by the Director of Energy Safety, and is marked, stamped or labelled in the manner approved by the Director.
Type B appliances are large commercial and industrial gas appliances. A Type B appliance must not be installed in a consumer's gas installation unless it is currently approved for such installation by the Director or it is individually approved in writing for such installation by an inspector. This requires the manufacturer/installer to satisfy a Type B gas appliance inspector, through a technical submission (that is, a desktop appraisal) that the appliance will satisfy the technical standards required by the regulations.
Independent Type B gas appliance inspectors are available to carry out certification of Type B gas appliances.
Mobile engines fuelled by liquefied petroleum gas (LP Gas) or natural gas (NG) are subject to the requirements set out in the Gas Standards (Gasfitting and Consumer Gas Installations) Regulations 1999. A registered gas fitter with a Class E permit can certify a mobile engine for compliance by fixing appropriate badges and labels to the installation (vehicle, small portable generator etc.) and submitting a Notice of Completion to the customer and the Director.
In general terms:
- Type A appliances will be assessed and tested to the appropriate Australian/New Zealand Standard (AS or AS/NZS) such as AS 4563 and AS/NZS 5263.
- Type B appliances are assessed against those requirements set out in AS 3814 and AS 1375.
- Mobile engines are required to comply and be identified as complying with AS/NZS 1425 for LP Gas for vehicles, AS/NZS 2739 for Natural Gas vehicles or AS 4983 for forklifts and industrial engines.
- Stationary engines are classified as Type B appliances.
Guidelines for the approval of Type B (industrial) gas appliances in Western Australia
Information on how to obtain approval for installing and operating Type B gas apliances.
Independent Type B gas inspector
The Gas Standards (Gasfitting and Consumer Gas Installations) Regulations 1999 require Type B gas appliances to be approved for installation and subsequently certified as approved before being left permanently connected to the gas supply.
Gas suppliers may provide this service through their own suitably designated inspectors. However, the Director of Energy Safety has also designated the following independent Type B gas inspectors with powers to approve Type B gas appliances.
The inspectors may be contracted by Type B appliance users or gas suppliers, on a fee-for-service basis.
Each inspector has specific conditions attached to their designation. These deal with issues such as the maximum size (consumption) of the appliance, the need to be invited by the operator of the gas installation to carry out the inspection work, the need to be independent of the appliance vendor and installer and to have no conflict of interest.
Following is a list of independent Type B gas inspectors. Building and Energy cannot guarantee or be in any way responsible for the actions of these inspectors or the nature or level of fees for their service.
David Brown (GI462)
Australian Gas Inspection Services
8C Hindmarsh Ave
Yokine WA 6060
Ph: (08) 9371 5826
Mob: 0431 084 777
Fax: (08) 9371 5826