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The increasing availability of fuel gases makes them an attractive and progressively popular energy alternative. When consumed correctly, these gases are safe and effective, and a large percentage of fuel gas incidents are as a result of human error. This makes adhering to regulations very important, according to SAQCC Gas.

Reporting a gas practitionerThe Pressure Equipment Regulations (PER) set out the requirements regarding the design, manufacture, operation, repair, modification, maintenance, inspection and testing of pressure equipment. In terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993, the PER also require persons handling the installation of fuel gas systems to undergo specific training and to be registered with SAQCC Gas.

Registered gas practitioners are required by law to follow all relevant gas regulations and standards when installing, repairing or modifying gas systems. After each installation or modification, the gas practitioner must complete a Certificate of Conformity (COC) to declare the safety and compliance of the installation.

The end-user should always request the COC upon completion. If the gas practitioner does not provide a COC, he must be reported.

If an end-user is not content with work completed by a gas practitioner, or if they are concerned about the safety of the installation, the installer should be reported. The end-user can contact SAQCC Gas to report the suspected non-compliance or incident or, alternatively, complete and submit an incident/complaint form through the body.

Likewise, if any gas practitioner knows of work undertaken by another gas practitioner that is outside his/her scope, it should be brought to the attention of the SAQCC Gas. When a complaint has been formally lodged, appropriate measures will be taken.

The disciplinary procedure undertaken by SAQCC Gas is essential for the efficient and effective implementation of the organisation’s mandate. Matters of transgression are considered in terms of damage to property, equipment and whether they pose a danger to people’s wellbeing. SAQCC Gas has a formal agreement with an independent industrial relations company, to appoint a presiding officer over such disciplinary hearings. This approach ensures that hearings are fair, unbiased and transparent in nature. Outcomes may vary, from issuing warnings to the possible de-registration of the offending practitioner.

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