ESV Revises Regulations For Dental Chair Installation
13th Jul 17
As a result of policy advocacy undertaken by ADIA, the Victorian electrical regulator has cut the red-tape associated with installation of dental chairs by setting aside the requirement that installations be approved by a licensed inspector when connected to the electrical supply using a standard 240V / 10A power outlet.
Key Issues For The Dental Industry —
Members of the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) have experienced considerable red-tape associated with the installation of dental chairs owing to a requirement that these be installed by an electrician and inspected by a licensed electrical inspector. Given the robust nature of the product standards for dental chairs and the relatively low risk presented to both dental professionals and their patients, this requirement was considered to be excessive.
The ADIA Reference Group – Victorian chair installation was formed to provide advice and guidance to ADIA’s policy advocacy team on this matter. This group of members came together to develop a position that was used by ADIA to make representations to ESV to ensure that, consistent with a risk-based approach to regulation, the legal requirements associated with dental chair installation were commensurate with the risk such equipment posed.
As a result of ADIA’s policy advocacy, ESV has revised its approach to the regulation of dental chair installations.
Advice tendered to ADIA by ESV acknowledges that a strict interpretation of the current legislation appears to require that the installation of a plug-in dental chair (connected to a standard 240v / 10A power outlet) be carried out by an electrician and inspected by a licensed electrical inspector. However, the regulator is willing to accept that this is not necessary and therefore the requirement will not be enforced by ESV provided that the chair is of the plug-in type and is assembled and installed by a competent technician.
ESV has committed to a review of the current electrical safety requirements as they apply to the installation of dental chairs in dental clinics that as also patient areas for the purposes of AS/NZS3003: Electrical installations - Patient areas. This review is likely to consider the general requirements applicable to the installation of other types of fixed electrical equipment that can be plugged into a standard 240V / 10A power outlet. ADIA is supportive of this review.
The altered ESV position does not alter the need for any electrical installation work carried out in a dental surgery to be carried out by a licensed electrician in accordance with the relevant standards then inspected by a licensed (Class M) electrical inspector. This requirement also pertains when medical devices such as dental chairs or wall-mounted x-ray equipment is hard-wired to the electical supply.
ADIA has welcomed the responsiveness of ESV to the concerns of industry and its demonstrated commitment to reducing unnecessary red-tape faced by the dental industry. This outcome is considered to be an excellent example of what can be achieved when ADIA members come together to work towards a common purpose.
Member Engagement —
ADIA provides leadership, strategy, advocacy and support. Our members set our agenda, fund our activities and directly benefit from the results. With respect to the regulatory issues associated with dental chairs in Victoria, ADIA members convene under the umbrella of the ADIA Reference Group - Victorian Chair Installation to provide advice and guidance to ADIA's policy advocacy team.
Further Information —
If you have an interest in ADIA's efforts to reform the regulatory standards for equipment installation, for updates subscribe to the Twitter feed @AusDental or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dental.industry. Alternatively, you can contact the Association via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 1300 943 094.
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