Hannes Baard

Hannes BaardGetting to grips with SANS 10142-1 is written by Hannes Baard, who dissects SANS 10142-1 and the Occupational Health and Safety Act and offers his interpretation of the ‘rules and regulations’. He warns readers of any pitfalls and problems they may encounter in the Wiring Code; and offers down-to-earth and practical advice. A former lecturer at the Western Province Technical College and the Cape Technikon, and today a successful self-employed electrical contractor who has judged entries for the ECA(SA) Presidential Awards, Hannes has deep concerns about the declining electrical standards in this country and, through his columns, shares his vast knowledge and hands-on experience in an effort to ‘raise the bar’ in the electrical industry.

 

January 2016

Hannes Baard’s columns in 2016 will cover the Regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993). 

Last year, he discussed over the course of a number of columns that the Occupational Health and Safety Act is more than just the Act itself; it also has some ‘how to manuals’ attached in the form of regulations. These regulations cover a very wide area in terms of our working lives but, for the moment, I will only discuss regulations from the OHS Act that have a bearing on our ‘electrical lives’.

These regulations are: the Electrical Installation Regulations, the Electrical Machinery Regulations, the General Machinery Regulations and maybe a couple of others. Read more...

 

February 2016

We now move on to the Electrical Installation Regulations starting with Regulation 1 – the definitions – before he tackles the sections on ‘Certificates of Compliance’, ‘Electrical Contractor’ and ‘Electrical Installation’. Read more...

 

March 2016

The words ‘electrical installation’ are possibly the most misunderstood or interpreted words in electricians’ daily work lives. Read more...

 

April 2016

In this column Hannes moves on from the definition of ‘electrical installation’ and discusses what happens before the ‘point of control’ and/or beyond the ‘point of consumption’ … and sometimes in between.  Read more...

 

May 2016

Hannes Baard moves along with the definitions found in The Electrical Installation Regulations 2009, which form part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993) and discusses the ‘registered person’.  Read more...

 

June 2016

In his June column, Hannes moves along with the definitions found in The Electrical Installation Regulations 2009 which form part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993) and in June he discusses what he calls ‘points of contention’. Read more...

 

July 2016

In his July column, Getting to grips with SANS 10142-1, Jannes ‘shakes the ‘Regulations Tree’ while he discusss the Electrical Installation Regulations 2009 – remembering, of course, that the Regulations are an extension of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993) – and which can be seen as a ‘broad strokes user manual’ explaining how to approach things and how to do them in a little more detail than described in the Act itself. Read more...

 

August 2016

In his August column, Hannes Baard continues with the Electrical Installation Regulations and discusses clause 4 ‘functions of approved inspection authorities for electrical installations’ and clause 5 ‘design and construction’.  Read more...

 

September 2016

In the September issue, Hannes Baard’s column, Getting to grips with SANS 10142-1, goes into ‘properly qualified supervision and control on the work site’ as pertaining to the Electrical Installation Regulations 2009, which form part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993).  Read more...

 

October 2016

In the October issue, Hannes Baard’s column, Getting to grips with SANS 10142-1, is about “properly qualified supervision and control on the work site” and what the Electrical Installation Regulations 2009, which form part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993), have to say about this subject. Read more...

 

November 2016

In the November issue, Hannes Baard’s column, Getting to grips with SANS 10142-1, continues with Regulation 6 from the Electrical Installation Regulations (2009) that form part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993) that deals with the principal contractor and the  contractor – in plain and simple terms. Read more...

 

December 2016

In the December issue, Hannes Baard’s column, Getting to grips with SANS 10142-1, is all about Certificates of Compliance – a document that Hannes says “many people embrace, others love to hate and even more do not completely understand. The problem with the people who do not completely understand this document is that they actually make things worse by either completing it incorrectly and/or not completing it at all”. Read more...

 

January 2017

In the January issue, Hannes Baard’s column, Getting to grips with SANS 10142-1, continues with his focus on Certificates of Compliance and he unravels some of the foggy bits. Read more...

 

February 2017

In the February issue, Hannes Baard underscores fellow columnist, Terry Mackenzie Hoy’s criticism of registered installation electricians who do not follow the letter of the law.  Hannes says: The statement: “carried out under his or her general control” is not always adhered to and this is especially true when accredited persons responsible for the CoC don’t visit the site. 

There seems to be some confusion in the electrical industry about the Recognition of Prior Learning Process after Option 4 was added to the master installation registration criteria.  Read more...

 

March 2017

In the March issue, Hannes Baard looks at disputes, specifically around fluorescent light fittings, and reminds us to be sure of our facts before we take on a fellow contractor. A conductive metal-bodied fluorescent fitting is defined as Class I equipment and you are explicitly required to earth fluorescent fittings. Further, a fluorescent fitting is defined as ‘discharge lighting’. Read more...

 

April 2017

In ‘Getting to grips with SANS 10142-1’, Hannes Baard unpicks Regulation 11: Application for registration as a registered person. Having applied to the chief inspector, the applicant needs to illustrate sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical experience. By way of example, Hannes outlines three possible ways of satisfying the registration criteria. Read more...

 

May 2017

In ‘Getting to grips with SANS 10142-1’, Hannes Baard interprets the requirements stated in Regulation 11 to register as an installation electrician. Having applied to the chief inspector, the applicant needs to illustrate sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical experience. By way of example, Hannes outlines three possible ways of satisfying the registration criteria. Read more...

 

June 2017

In getting to grips with SANS 10142-1, Hannes Baard unpacks the process of how to register as a master installation electrician. Given the misconception that the MIE is the only person responsible for hazardous areas, Hannes analyses how this is half true and elaborates on the full requirements and obligations of a master installation electrician by referring to Regulations 2009, Regulation 11. Read more...

 

 

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