GUIDE TO REGISTRATION OF AUTHORISED REFRIGERATION PRACTITIONER.
Thank you for taking the time to register under the Pressure Equipment Regulations with SAQCC Gas.
The Department of Labour published the “Pressure Equipment Regulations” in the Government gazette in July 2009 and they came into force on 1st October 2009. These form part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act Number 85 of 1993. Revision 1 with guide notes was published in 2015 and Revision 2 was published in November 2017.
The Department of Labour has Mandated SAQCC Gas with the responsibility of registering and maintaining a data base of “Authorised Persons” for handling and working with gases under pressure. SARACCA is an accredited member association of SAQCC Gas with the responsibility to review and process applications from persons in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry.
The Regulations define an Authorised Person as one who is registered with SAQCC Gas as being competent within the scope of work for refrigeration. In the refrigeration and air conditioning industry we have defined 3 basic categories within the scope of refrigeration work as defined in SANS 10147-2014 (Refrigerating systems including plants associated with air-conditioning systems).
Clause 2(1) of the PER says,
Scope of Application: These Regulations shall apply to the design, manufacture, operation, repair, modification, maintenance, inspection, and testing of pressure equipment with a design pressure equal to or greater than 50kPa,…….
Clause 17; Gas reticulation equipment and systems;
“No person shall –
(a) Handle, store, or distribute any gas in any manner, which includes the filling of a container, other than in accordance with the relevant health and safety standard incorporated into these regulations under section 44 of the Act;
(b) Install or remove an appliance, pressure equipment or system for gas in any manner other than in accordance with the relevant safety standard incorporated into these regulations under section 44 of the Act;
(c) Install or remove a gas appliance or a gas system or a gas reticulation system unless such a person is an authorised person; or
(d) Use pressure equipment or systems for gas in any manner other than in accordance with the relevant safety standard incorporated into this regulation under section 44 of the Act.
After installation or re-installation, and before commissioning a gas system, the user shall ensure that an external inspection and leak test are performed by an authorised person or an approved inspection authority as applicable in terms of sub regulation 1.c.
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 the form of annexure 1.”
Clause 18; Transportable gas containers;
No user shall use, require or permit a transportable gas container to be used, and no user shall fill, place in service, handle, modify repair inspect or test any transportable gas container, other than in compliance with the relevant standards incorporated into these Regulations under section 44 of the Act.