Providing a Certificate of Compliance after any HVAC related installation or modification is a legal requirement.
Barney Richardson, Director of SARACCA, announced at a training session held at the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Academy (ACRA) alongside the Department of Labour (DOL) inspectors that additional requirements on semi-skilled installers has been initiated. Semi-Skilled installers can now sign a COC in instances where installations carry a capacity of less than 18kW. The signing of a COC by semi-skilled installers has been endorsed by the Department of Labour.
Department of Labour calls for Compliance
End-users need to note that when Labour Inspectors make their official visit, they are the ones who will be requested to hand over required documents, including the COC, it is, therefore, advisable for consumers to request a completed COC upon completion of installations and modifications.
The Pressure Equipment Regulations (PER) were put in place to ensure that all gas installations meet safety standards. These regulations set out the requirements regarding the design, manufacture, operation, repair, modification, inspection and testing of pressure for all equipment used in the HVAC Industry. In terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993, (PER) also requires all who intend on working on gas equipment to undergo specific training and to be registered with the South African Qualification and Certification Committee – Gas (SAQCC Gas)
A Certificate of Conformity (COC) for Gas installations is a legal document which must be obtained whenever a gas system is installed, modified or repaired and should be retained for possible future requirement. Only Registered Practitioners may issue a COC. When the refrigeration system size causes it to be in category II or higher, as defined by SANS 347, an Approved Inspection Authority (AIA) is required examine and to countersign the certificate of conformity issued by the gas practitioner.