The long-awaited Draft Customer Cabling Product standard (DR S008_2019) and Draft Customer Cabling Installation standard (DR S009_2019) were recently released for public comment.
- DR S008_2019 ‘Requirements for customer cabling products’ applies to cabling products (including cable and related customer equipment) intended for connection to the customer side of the boundary of a telecommunications network.
- DR S009_2019 ‘Installation requirements for customer cabling (Wiring rules)’ applies to the installation and maintenance of fixed or concealed cabling or equipment that is connected, or is intended to be connected, to a telecommunications network, including any cord or cordage, that is connected as fixed or concealed cabling.
Over the past 18 months, the current standards – AS/CA S008:2010 (products) and AS/CA S009:2013 (installation) – have undergone comprehensive revision by a Committee, which included BICSI South Pacific members and staff, to produce the draft standards that will replace them. Note that these standards were mandated as cabling regulations by the ACMA. Their 2019 replacements, once finalised and published, are likewise expected to be mandated by the ACMA, thereby replacing AS/CA S008:2010 and AS/CA S009:2013 as AS/CA S008:2019 and AS/CA S009:2019.
The draft Standards are now available for review and can be downloaded from the link: drafts for public comment, along with an accompanying Background Paper with details on the key changes from the current standards, and instructions on how to submit comments on them.
The review of the current Standards identified several areas that required revision to cater for technology changes and the significant growth of connected devices in customer premises. In its 18-month revision, the Committee drew upon the most currently available industry information. The revised Standards now align with new Australian safety standards and include new requirements for cabling supporting hazardous voltages and consider the growing application of customer cabling for the delivery of power to remote devices.
Summary of key changes:
- Alignment with the new Australian/New Zealand product safety Standard AS/NZS 62368.1 ‘Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment Safety requirements’, particularly in relation to newly introduced energy source classifications (ES1, ES2 and ES3) which will replace the ELV, SELV and TNV terminology;
- New requirements for cabling supporting hazardous voltages, now classed as ES3. There are now voltage and current limits on ES3 circuits that are provided over generic cabling. Cables used for ES3 generic circuits will have specific conductor, sheath and installation requirements distinct from generic cabling;
- The growing application of customer cabling for the delivery of power to remote devices;
- The requirement that both cabling products and the installation of these products are to be “fit for purpose”;
- New requirements for the onsite termination of plugs on fixed and concealed cabling, addressing the cabling of a certain type of installed device, such as a surveillance camera or a wireless access point (WAP);
- Alignment with the relevant aspects of the Australian/New Zealand laser product safety Standard AS/NZS 60825.2 ‘Safety of laser products – Safety of optical fibre communication systems’;
- Alignment with the National Construction Code (Building Code of Australia) for cable flammability and fire propagation requirements;
- New requirements for cabling devices that are designed to be free to move as a part of their operation, examples being pendant outlets, surveillance cameras, medical pendants, articulated monitor/TV wall arm mounts and furniture with movable parts; and
- Updated requirement for pit and access hole products;
The two draft Standards, together with an accompanying background paper and details on how to submit comments, can be found by clicking here.
The public comment period closes at 5:00 pm (AEST) Friday, 24 May 2019.
We urge all BICSI South Pacific members to download both documents and read them as soon as possible. And if you have views on the content of either of them, we encourage you to submit your comments to the Committee before the closing date.
Since BICSI is a committee member that will review the submissions, we won’t be making an aggregated submission on members’ behalf. We therefore encourage members to make their own submissions to the Committee. All comments received will be reviewed and considered by the Committee before the final Standards are published.
If you wish to discuss any aspects of the draft Standards, you’re most welcome to contact the BICSI South Pacific office before the closing date.