Comparing registration numbers between March 2021 toMarch 2022, there has been an increase in registered gaspractitioners according to the South African Qualificationand Certification Committee for Gas (SAQQC Gas). That is excellentnews! For the everyday South African who benefits from gasproducts as well as the workers maintaining and installing gassystems, it means a safer year with higher levels of competency andcompliancy in the gas industry
SAQCC Gas is always striving for more awareness on gas-workcompetency and safety. By registering as a gas practitioner, you areplaying a crucial part in ensuring that every worker goes home safeat the end of each workday. For SAQCC Gas, part of achieving thatgoal is by providing members with the opportunity to have thetraining and competency they need to remain safe on the job andsupport the safety of those with whom they work. ‘’Involvingindustry members in advisory roles for the Safety and TechnicalAdvisory Council (STAC) is inspirational and collaborative.
STAC ensures a platform for sound debate and advice, resulting inimproved safety and best practices across most gas disciplineswithin industry. Successes are imminent especially embracingemerging markets,’’ says Roy Lubbe, Chairman of the Southern
African Gas Association (SAGA), which established STAC and isalso one of the four member associations of SAQCC Gas.
It is equally important for consumers utilising various gas productswhether in commercial, industrial or specialised capacities to bevigilant about compliancy and make use of registered gaspractitioners. For instance, South African homeowners should notview Certificates of Conformity (CoCs) as indefinitely valid. Gas isvery well regulated and often updated, therefore making it a saferenergy choice. This means responsible homeowners should havetheir gas appliances inspected on a yearly basis at minimum to avoidbeing caught by surprise should they need to sell the property or ifthere is a costly fault due to lack of maintenance.
It’s the community of consumers and gas practitioners workingtogether to constantly build and improve the gas industry in SouthAfrica. Each of the four associations emphasise that anyone canreport an incident where an installation does not conform to currentregulations. Work done by unregistered persons is illegal andpotentially extremely dangerous as it can result in serious injury oreven death. Registered gas practitioners have the necessaryexperience, competency, equipment and knowledge to do the worksafely the first time. Never settle for quick and cheap installationsthat compromise on your safety. Insurance companies may notcover fire or public liability claims caused by non-registered personsas the gas installations will be deemed illegal.