Requirements for selling electrical equipment in Queensland (AU) – Department of Justice and Attorney-General

The requirements to sell electrical equipment in Queensland changed on 1 March 2013 with the introduction of a new Electrical Equipment Safety System EESS and changes to the Electrical Safety Regulation 2002… It will lead to harmonised legislation throughout Australia and enable the public to search a national database of responsible suppliers and electrical equipment registrations for the first time. The database will allow electrical equipment to be easily traced to the supplier and its legal supply in Australia and New Zealand to be verified.The EESS changes the requirements for businesses that import, manufacture or sell in-scope electrical equipment. All in-scope electrical equipment sold in Queensland must be linked to a registered responsible supplier prior to sale. If it is Level 2 or Level 3 equipment it must also registered on the national database.Technical safety requirements have not changed under the EESS, but tighter evidence of conformity is required for some items.

via Requirements for selling electrical equipment – Department of Justice and Attorney-General.

Scaling up production of graphene microsupercapacitors :: ElectronicsOnline

The UCLA researchers have developed a groundbreaking technique that uses a DVD burner to fabricate microscale graphene-based supercapacitors – devices that can charge and discharge a hundred to a thousand times faster than standard batteries. These microsupercapacitors, made from a one-atom-thick layer of graphitic carbon, can be easily manufactured and readily integrated into small devices such as next-generation pacemakers.

via Scaling up production of graphene microsupercapacitors :: ElectronicsOnline.

NABERS launches data centre energy ratings | Cabling connection

NABERS launches data centre ratings | Cabling connection.

Environment minister Robyn Parker has announced the release of the new NABERS Energy for data centres rating tools.

“These new tools include what we believe to be a world’s first for rating the environmental performance of the IT equipment within a data centre,” Robyn says.

Mandatory Safety Incident Reporting Webinar (Australia)

Register for the free webinar Mandatory reporting of product-related death, injury & illness under the Australian Consumer Law – how to do it, why you should & what happens if you don’t, on 10 April 2013 at 12:00pm-1:00pm AEST.

via Mandatory reporting.

A spider may have been the cause of an explosion at a home

NSW Police Force (via Facebook)

Police believe a spider may have been the cause of an explosion at a home in Kirribilli today.

Emergency services were called to the home in McDougall Street shortly after 1pm (Saturday 2 February 2013), after an explosion blew out the bathroom and kitchen windows and destroyed a washing machine.

A 66-year-old woman told police and fire fighters she’d seen a spider on her washing machine and sprayed it with an insecticide, however, it ran under the machine.

She sprayed more insecticide under the washing machine and fire investigators believe the engine ignited the spray, triggering the explosion. The washing machine was destroyed.

The homeowner was treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics at the scene after sustaining singed hair and blurred vision.

There was no sign of the spider.