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Notice to vendors about the sale of second hand wood heaters

23 June 2009
Tasmanians are advised that anyone advertising second-hand wood heaters (and other solid fuel heaters) for sale should be aware that the sale of heaters not manufactured to the 1999 version of the Australian Standard AS/NZS 4013 is now prohibited. The maximum penalty under the relevant regulations is $6,000. Heaters have an information plate affixed to them which states the version of the Standard to which they were manufactured. Vendors should also be aware that alteration or removal of a heater information plate, and modification of a heater in a way that may increase smoke emissions, are also offences. Further information is available from the Environment Division by telephoning 6233 6518 or by visiting the Environment Division's website. Tasmania has regulations designed to improve air quality by placing tighter controls on wood heaters and their smoke emissions. When operated properly, wood heaters are an efficient and effective form of heating. The design of a heater can also have an effect on smoke emissions. The Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Distributed Atmos- pheric Emissions) Regulations 2007 are aimed at improving wood heater standards in Tasmania and ensuring they are operated in a socially responsible manner. The regulations were developed in accordance with normal requirements for assessing the impact of regulations on the community. They apply to heaters used in residences, hotels, clubs and retail premises burning any type of solid fuel. They do not apply to heaters in primary or secondary industry. Pellet heaters, cooking stoves, central or ducted heating systems and water heaters are excluded from the heater design provisions of the regulations. All heaters manufactured in Tasmania, imported into Tasmania for sale, or sold in Tasmania must comply with Australian Standard AS/NZS 4013-1999. This is the Standard for heater smoke emissions. A heater that complies with the Standard will have an information plate showing that the heater has been tested to AS/NZS 4013-1999. It is an offence to sell a heater that does not have such a plate attached. Purchasers should check that there is a plate with the required details. If a wood heater does not comply with AS/NZS 4013-1999 it cannot be sold, regardless if it is new or second-hand. Exceptions to this are heaters which are sold for the purpose of metal recycling or museum display, and those heaters already installed in buildings when the building changes ownership.