NHTSA closes Tesla (EV) fire inquiry as Model S gets new battery shield

Tesla said today it has started building the Model S with a titanium underbody shield to prevent battery fires like the two that occurred in the United States last year when Model S drivers struck road debris.

via NHTSA closes Tesla fire inquiry as Model S gets new battery shield.

Safety observers for electrical work (Qld DoJ and AG)

The requirements for assessing the competence of electrical work safety observers to rescue and resuscitate a person changed on 1 January 2014.

The person acting as a safety observer for electrical work must be competent to implement control measures in an emergency and be competent to rescue and resuscitate the worker who is carrying out the electrical work. As well, they must have been assessed as competent to rescue and resuscitate a person in the past year (previously six months). This also means that if a person undertakes rescue and resuscitation training and is assessed as competent, they can act as a safety observer for one year without further assessment of their competence.

via Safety observers for electrical work – Department of Justice and Attorney-General.

Solar PV systems leakage a danger at heights – Department of Justice and Attorney-General

There have been several recent incidents of electric shocks through contact with the metallic panels and frames of some solar PV systems due to electrical leakage. These incidents have also had the potential to cause a fall from height if the roof itself is conductive.

The leakage, caused by the capacitance (ability to store an electrical charge) between the solar panels and dirt and water on the panels or the roof, generally increases when the solar panels are wet.

In some situations the leakage may cause an electrical potential (voltage) on the solar PV frames, the array mounting frames and any conductive materials (e.g. metallic roofing material). While these voltages may not produce a fatal electric shock, in higher risk environments such as working at heights, the reaction to a mild shock may increase the risk of a fall.

via Solar PV systems leakage a danger at heights – Department of Justice and Attorney-General.

Baby bath aids – Product safety bulletin

This bulletin covers the mandatory product safety standard for baby bath aids and the need to properly label these products.

In Australia, between 1997 and 2005, six infants under 13 months drowned while in a baby bath aid.

According to the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia, children under two years of age are most vulnerable to drowning or near drowning in the bath. The incidents almost always occur when the competent adult supervising the child leaves the child unattended—even if it is for less than a minute. Children can drown within seconds in very little water.

The mandatory standard aims to protect children from the possibility of drowning by providing a permanent warning alerting the parent or caregiver that a baby should never be left alone in the bath or left in the care of another child.
Baby bath aids – Product safety bulletin.

EESS equipment registration (Australia) transitional arrangements update

Extracts from an email and notice received from the ERAC Secretariat, dated 28 February 2014, republished with permission:


  • Queensland introduced the EESS on 1 March 2013 with a transition phase extending to 28 February 2014. Due to the ongoing transition in other jurisdictions the EESS requirements after 1 March 2014 are:
  • If a Responsible Supplier has taken all reasonable actions for registration they will be considered as having met the requirements for registration as far as can be expected (This is due to some Certificates not yet being available on the national database).
  • Private certifiers can now upload their certificates to the EESS database. Regulators will continue to work through options to have NSW Fair Trading certificates details added to the national certification database.
  • To assist Responsible Suppliers, any level 3 equipment that is currently registered, or registered after 1 March 2014, will not require renewal of registration until further notice (the original equipment registration expiry date on the database will not trigger a requirement to renew).

See the PDF document in the link below for all the details and the fine print…

1 march 2014 EESS transitional final

It is understood that these transitional arrangements will be periodically reviewed. Further details should be placed on the official EESS web site later this week.

DISCLAIMER: As usual, this information is provided in good faith and is subject to interpretation and individual circumstances. No liability of any kind will be accepted arising from the provision or application of this information. Suppliers are expected to make their own independent legal and professional enquiries regarding their own business arrangements.