1 GAS SAFETY SAQCC Gas The regulation of gas installations in South Africa Electricity is no longer cheap for South Africans. Gas is a viable alternative and has the ability to satisfy South Africa 's hunger for a safe and efficient alternative energy. This article discusses the necessity for the regulation of gas installations in order to ensure optimum safety practices are adhered to. As gas usage increases in South African transfer requires Electrical Compliance WHY IS regulation REQUIRED? homes and businesses, awareness needs Certification, so would any fixed A large percentage of gas incidents are to be drawn to the safe practice of installation of air conditioning units as a result of human error. working with, installing and storing and/or gas lines, equipment and gas. As an electrician would need to be appliances. The number of uncertified gas installers certified, so does a gas installer (Gas is growing and many home and Practitioner).
2 Business owners are not requesting The South African Qualification and BUSINESS AND GAS installations proof of registration. All registered Certification Committee for Gas Similar to homeowners, business practitioners have a license card (similar (SAQCC Gas) is mandated by the owners must also request a COC from to our driver's license) which is issued Department of Labour to ensure all gas a registered gas practitioner. In many by the SAQCCGas and carries the practitioners are trained and certified instances, installers are working installer's name, photograph, unique through the four different gas without certification, which means they SAQCCGas number (QCC#) as well associations. may not know how to operate with the as the type of gas with which the type of gas your business is using. installer is permitted to work. These are: Liability for any harm or safety Consumers should also insist on a LPGASASA Liquefied Petroleum contravention would then fall on the Certificate of Conformity (COC) from Gas Safety Association of Southern business owner, not the insurance the practitioner on completion of the Africa company.
3 Furthermore, company installation . This is the practitioner's SACGA Southern Africa owners would not be able to apply for confirmation that the installation is Compressed Gases Association any compensation aid or benefit for compliant with all relevant regulations employees who are hurt or for life loss. and national safety standards. No SARACCA South African license and/or no COC would render Refrigeration & Air Conditioning the installation illegal and potentially Contractors Association REGULATE GAS installations unsafe. SAGA Southern African Gas Gas is a safe product to work with. It Incidents resulting from poor Association is predictable and can be easily installation can vary from property to transported or transferred from one Each association plays a vital role in point to the other. The varieties of uses damage that all to loss of life and it is essential gas consumers request the ensuring compliance with the safety for gas are endless and what makes gas above.
4 To confirm whether or not a regulations within their specific gas attractive to many, is its availability. practioner is registered, one can also markets/industries. In South Africa Worldwide gas production is in surplus, check the information provided on the there are four main gas industries that with many gases being naturally SAQCCGas website: are regulated by the Department of extracted. Labour, they are; Natural Gas, Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Gas and Compressed Industrial and Medical Gases. If you work with gas installations you need to be a registered gas practitioner SAQCC Gas is a non profit company that has been formed by its four Member with SAQCC Gas, the body which is Associations to establish a central database which displays details of registered mandated to register all gas and authorised gas practitioners to work on gas and gas systems. practitioners. The SAQCC Gas has been officially appointed and mandated by the Department of Labour to register gas practitioners, on their behalf, within the HOMEOWNERS AND TRANSFERS following gas industries: GAS ASSOCIATIONS.
5 When having gas installed in your Natural Gas home, you are required by law to use a Liquefied Petroleum Gas certified gas practitioner and request a certificate of conformity (COC) once Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Gas the work has been completed. The Compressed Industrial and Medical Gases COC is required for all gas type installations . As home ownership John Parr Chairman Email: Tel: 011-792-8001 Website: . 3300 Naattiioonnaall SSaaffeettyy July/August 2016. N.