Medical gas installers and testers

Medical gas work certificate of compliance

On 1st November the Gas Legislation Amendment (Medical Gas Systems) Bill 2020 comes into force in New South Wales.

People working in the Medical gas industry have until the 30 April, 2021 to obtain a licence to perform Medical gas work.

Medical gas work is regulated under the Gas and Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2017 and the Home Building Act 1989.

Medical gas work requirements

Licence requirements

How to use the form

Create a template by downloading the form and saving a copy to your local device. This will save time when submitting future Certificates of Compliance.

Serial number

As the medical gas fitter or medical gas technician it’s your responsibility to apply a unique serial number to the Certificate of Compliance.

Use your medical gas licence number followed by the date in the following format DDMMYYYY.

For example, if your licence number is 444444C, your Certificate of Compliance unique serial number will be 444444C23092020.

Your second Certificate of Compliance in a single day will be 444444C230920201 and so on.

Who should receive a copy of the Certificate of Compliance

It’s the medical gas technician’s responsibility to make sure the following receive a copy of the Certificate of Compliance:

  1. For any medical gas work to the person (customer) for whom the work is carried out.
  2. The Medical gasfitter or medical gas technician dependant on who is completing the Certificate of Compliance
  3. Fair Trading NSW email: MedicalCoC@customerservice.nsw.gov.au

Medical gas systems work

Medical gas systems work is defined by the Gas Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2017, and includes:

Medical gas installation

This refers to a reticulated system of pipes, hoses or lines that conveys or controls the supply or removal of medical gases.

It includes associated fixtures or fittings and any thing prescribed by the regulations. It doesn't include anything connected to and extending or situated beyond a wall outlet or NIST fitting.

Medical gas technician work

This is the commissioning, testing, verification or certification of a medical gas installation.

Medical gasfitting work

This involves the construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, maintenance, testing or commissioning of a medical gas installation and includes incidental design work.

Medical services and medical gas work

This refers to the construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, maintenance, testing or commissioning of a medical gas installation and includes incidental design work.

Medical gasses list

Medical gas is a substance used for medical purposes and prescribed by the regulations as a medical gas.

On 19 June 2020, the Gas and Electricity (Consumer Safety) Amendment (Medical Gas Work) Regulation 2020 was published on the NSW Legislation website, which lists the following as medical gases.

  • Oxygen
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Helium
  • Nitrogen
  • Medical air
  • Surgical tool gas
  • Common mixtures of the gases referred to in paragraphs (a) to (g) and
  • Waste anastatic gas
  • Air at negative pressure
  • Medical tool

Consumer safety laws

The Gas and Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2017 and supporting Gas and Electricity (Consumer Safety) Regulation 2018 started on 1 September 2018.

The legislation consolidates separate electricity and gas laws in NSW and aims to ensure safe consumer use of gas and electrical goods.

The Act provides minimum consumer safety standards, outlines requirements for equipment and installations and supports a robust compliance and enforcement regime.

For more information visit gas and electricity (consumer safety) laws.

Medical gas fitters and technicians

  • Medical Gas compliance requirements
  • Medical Gas standards and notes
  • Reporting a serious medical gas incident

Medical gas standards and notes

To see if your technical or safety matter is covered under the Standards contact Standards Australia or your local licensed medical gas fitter or technician.

Australian Standards are issued under licence from Standards Australia.

Go to the Standards Australia's website to purchase a copy of any Standards.

Reporting serious incidents

All serious medical gas accidents must be reported to SafeWork NSW (if it’s a workplace), emergency services, and Fair Trading to investigate.

A serious medial gas accident means an accident:

  • caused by the use of a medical; gas installation or by work carried out on a medical gas installation, and
  • as a consequence of which a person dies or suffers permanent disability, is hospitalised, receives treatment from a registered health practitioner or is unable to attend work for any period of time

Accident reporting and enforcement extend to any necessary modifications, to medical gasfiitting work and medical gas technician work and for that purpose the following applies:

  • gas is taken to include a reference to medical gas
  • a gas installation is taken to include a reference to a medical as installation
  • gasfiitting work is taken to include a reference to medical gasfiitting work and medical as technician work
  • an authorised gasfitter is taken to include a reference to a person who is authorised under the Gas and Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2017 to work
  • a serious gas accident is taken to include a reference to a serious medical gas accident.

When you make a report, include information on where, when and what happened, and provide your contact details.

To report an incident phone: 13 32 20

Email: gassafety@customerservice.nsw.gov.au