Responsible Refrigeration Article 63
An extract from the Pressure Equipment Regulations, regulation 17 says;
“An authorised person or an approved inspection authority shall issue a certificate of conformity after completion of a gas installation, modification, alteration or change of user or ownership in”
Ever since the regulations came into force in October 2009, yes 11 years ago, many practitioners are still not registered and cannot legally issue a Certificate of Conformity as required and in compliance with the Pressure Equipment Regulations. As has been repeated many time this is a legal requirement because the Pressure Equipment Regulations are in the OHS Act.
SARACCA has made available books of fifty Certificates of Conformity at a very reasonable price, R11.00 per certificate. The cost of an e CoC will now be R15.00 each
SAQCC Gas has spent the last year or two developing an electronic CoC system to cater for the four gas types covered by the regulation for the safe handling of gases. The system is in the testing phase and will soon be introduced to the gas practitioners who are authorised to sign Certificates’ of Conformity. An introductory video is available on the SAQCC Gas website.
In the Category ‘A’ the Authorised Refrigeration Gas Practitioners only two levels may sign a Certificate of Conformity for installation and or maintenance work. The first of these are the ‘A2’ card holders who are authorised to install and maintain domestic (R290 & R600a) and light commercial refrigeration units. These are the domestic refrigerators, small ice makers, self-contained bar fridges and beverage coolers using Hydro Carbon refrigerants and where specific training on such units has been completed and assessed as competent.
The second category ‘A4’ practitioner is authorised to install and maintain room air conditioning units up to 18kW cooling capacity (60000 Btu/hr) and can sign a CoC for the work he takes sole responsibility for. This particularly the split wall type and small ducted air conditioning units popular for offices small shops and home installations.
The e CoC system will restrict the access to the certificate forms to those who a authorised to issue an e CoC
The other practitioners falling under Category A, namely the plant operator who is authorised to operate a refrigeration plant and is aware of safety regulations and requirements but may not sign a CoC. The registered practitioner who is authorised to install refrigeration piping, components and equipment under supervision also may not sign a CoC, this is the responsibility of the person who is supervising and who is registered in Category ‘B’ practitioner.
An air conditioning or refrigeration apprentice/Learner who is in training cannot sign a CoC while in training. Once having passed the trade test and has upgraded his registration to Level 6 in Category ‘B’ can then sign a CoC.
The Category ‘B’ registered practitioners who are artisans who work on new installations and do repair and maintenance take the responsibility to issue an e CoC for the work done personally or work done under their supervision . Regardless of the type of refrigerant, be it an F gas, Hydrocarbon, Carbon Dioxide or Ammonia the Certificate of Conformity must be signed by the responsible person who is registered for the type of refrigerant gas and has either done the work or been in the position of supervising other practitioners.
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