The Department of Labour published the “Pressure Equipment Regulations” in the Government gazette in July 2009 and is part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act Number 85 of 1993. These regulations came into force on 1st October 2009.
The SANS 10147 was included in the schedule.
Regulation 1: (Definitions) "Authorised Person" means...'a person who is registered as competent within the scope of work for which an organisation [South African Qualifications and Certification Committee for Gas (SAQCC-Gas)] approved by the chief inspector has registered that person'
This means that all gas practitioners need to be trained and assessed as competent within the scope of their work. After being found competent, they need to register with SAQCC-Gas, in order to obtain their license card as required by law.
In order to help our customers, Metraclark has decided to offer a 5 day course to obtain the competency, to apply for registration as an authorized practitioner.
The first safe handling of refrigerant gases course was held at the Head office of Metraclark for staff from WSP between the 1st and 5th of December, it was a great success and all the participants passed and now are licenced to buy and store gas.
The course includes theoretical and practical training, as well as the theoretical and practical assessments. This course will be held at our head office in Denver, but it can also be arranged to be held onsite at our customers, or branches, held by Peter Hoetmer, a Merseta accredited Assessor, Moderator and trade test officer. He is also registered with SAQCC-Gas as a Designer - Commercial AC & R CAT C, and Inspector - Commercial AC & R CAT C.
For more info contact Peter Hoetmer on 011 620 0357 or Peter.Hoetmer@metraclark.co.za if you have any enquiries.