Gas-fuelled devices for theatrical special effects and simulations

Because of the higher level of risk they pose, gas-fuelled devices used for theatrical special effects or simulations are regulated as operating plant. This imposes additional safety requirements on operators of these devices and events.

Examples of devices covered by these requirements are:

  • celebration flares at sporting events, providing flames when a goal is scored
  • devices producing explosions and flames as part of a music event or theatrical production
  • devices that simulate fire or emergency incidents for training purposes.

Gas device approval

Devices need to be approved under the Type B approval process and must meet the requirements of relevant Australian standards, including:

  • AS3814 Industrial and commercial gas-fired appliances
  • AS1375 Industrial fuel-fired appliances
  • AS3645 Essential requirements for gas equipment
  • AS60079 Explosive atmospheres (all relevant parts).

Other standards may also apply, depending on the design, construction and intended purpose of the device. If you cannot achieve full compliance with the preferred standard, you will need to demonstrate how the alternative means of compliance provides for an equal or lesser risk and notify the Chief Inspector, Petroleum and Gas. For more information, read about mandatory and preferred standards.

Gas system installation

The gas system supplying fuel gas to the device must be installed and certified by a licensed/authorised person. On completion, the gas system must be certified to confirm compliance with the appropriate standards. These include:

  • AS/NZS1596:2014 The storage and handling of LP gas
  • AS/NZS5601.1:2013 Gas installations. Part 1 General installations.

Read about petroleum and gas standards, codes of practice and guidelines.

Safety management plans

Because these devices are considered ‘operating plant’, you are required to implement and maintain a safety management plan (SMP).

As part of this, a formal risk assessment will have to be conducted by an appropriately qualified and experienced person.

Read about operating plant and safety management plans.

Notices and reports required for operating plant

You must lodge a range of safety and health related notices and reports for your operating plant. This includes commissioning notices and annual safety reports.

Read about safety and health notices for petroleum and gas.

Annual safety and health fee

If the device is intended to provide entertainment or amusement, you will pay an annual petroleum and gas safety and health fee. Equipment used in firefighting training is exempt from this fee.

Further information

Contact the closest regional office of the Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate for more information or to discuss the details of your project.