When the buying stops, the selling stops

It is part of PNG Power’s responsibility under ICCC to regulate and monitor sale of electrical appliances in accordance with the Approval of Electrical Appliances and Materials By-Law.

This is to ensure that electrical appliances and materials sold by the wholesale industries or retail outlets are SAFE for consumers to use.

The Approvals Group with the assistance of Corporate Relations have been running awareness sessions in NCD and other provinces for many years, targeting schools, expos and provincial shows.

The awareness shows have been successful so far due to the huge positive feedback received and queries answered.

Although these programs are becoming more and more successful every year, much has to be said about the level of awareness PPL’s own staff have.

Are we able to tell which appliances are legal or approved, and which are considered sub standard and unsafe for use? And if we do know the difference, are we complying? Are we leading by example at our workplaces or at homes?

This article provides information on how to tell the legality of appliances and communicates the message that non-approved appliances sold anywhere are NOT SAFE for use.

Buying any electrical appliances that are described as sub-standard appliances can cause electric shocks, fires or power surges. There have been cases where houses have been burnt down because of sparks and fires caused by the usage of sub-standard appliances.

General Requirements

PNG Power adopts the Australian/New Zealand Standards and the Approvals Office uses these standards to inspect hundreds of electrical items imported by companies every month.

Before the items are sold or distributed, it is required by law that PNG Power does tests on the items before giving a Certificate of Approval (COA) to the retailer. A copy of the certificate is shown below.

Certificate

 

You should always ask to see the COA if you are not sure about the items or the item has failed a basic safety visual check.

The basic safety visual check is a series of checks you can do before buying an appliance from a shop. Ensure that the item falls into these categories:

a) Rating – 230/240 Volts and 50/60Hz. Anything below 230V is considered unsafe and high risk.

b) Insulation – Power cords or wires must have thick insulations.

c) Earthing – Earth bonded. The appliance is illegal and unsafe if it has no or poor earthing.

d) Plugs – Appliances must have standard 2 or 3 pin plugs.

Mind you it is quite technical but having a basic understanding about an electrical item can save you money or prevent you from risks related to electrical shocks, fires or power surges.

For further clarification, we have provided pictures and requirements.

 

Standard Plugs

The exposed ends of plugs shall have a bevel or radius to match entry into standard socket- outlets.

 

3 Pin Plug                                                                  2 Pin Plug

 

3pinplug                                    2pinplug  

                     

Standard Switch Outlets

 

Single GPO Switch                                                   Double GPO Switches

 

                                                                      

                                   

Standard Power Boards

These pictures show the approved power boards or multiple adapters as they are commonly called. This standard complies with AS/NZS 3100 and match the construction of a plug socket–outlet, insulation and plug configuration.

2 Way Power Board                                                4 Way Power Board

 

                                  4waypowerboard 

 

 

 Sub-Standard Plugs

These plugs do not comply with the standards (AS/NZS 3112: 2004) and therefore they must not be USED or SOLD in the country for safety reasons. These plugs can cause electric shocks, sparks or fires!

 

 2 Parallel Flat Pin Plug                                                      2 Parallel Round Pin Plug

                            

                                           

 

 

 

European Plug                                                                   2 Parallel Round

Europeanplug                                           2paralleroundplug

 

 

 

Sub-Standard Power Boards

These power boards do not comply with standard AS/NZS 3100: 2002 and therefore they must not be USED or SOLD for safety reasons. These power boards can cause electric shocks, sparks or fires!

 

Single Way Power Board                                                  3 Way Power Board

SinglewayPowerboard                               

                           

4 Way Power Board                                                          A power board that caused a small fire

 

                            

Remember! Buying any electrical appliances that are described as sub-standard appliances can cause electric shocks, fires or power surges!!!

 

Illegal Christmas Lights

Always perform a basic safety visual check on Christmas lights too before buying them. There has been an influx of illegal decorative lights into the country so always check the insulation thickness or plug configurations before purchasing the lights or any other product.

 

 

Standard Voltage

The standard voltage used in PNG is rated at between 230 and 240 Volts and 50 and 60Hz. This is for single phase supply that covers households, schools, offices, etc. Anything below is considered unsafe and dangerous.

Example

 

 

 

Sub-Standard Voltage

Any appliances with voltages rated under 230 Volts is considered unsafe and dangerous.

Example

Again, if you are not sure if the items have passed the basic safety visual check, ask to see the COA before spending your money.

Let us all lead by example at our workplaces and in our homes when using electrical appliances and be advocates in communicating this message to our families, friends and the public.

Remember! Buying any electrical appliances that are described as sub-standard appliances can cause electric shocks, fires or power surges!!!

If you see an electrical item that fails the basic safety visual check or does not have a COA, please report this matter to Approvals officers Jeffery Muru, Joe Ioka or Steven Muri on 324 3300, or send an email to:

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