Beware illegal installations

2017-12-20 06:00

THE South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (SARACCA), as a member of the SA Qualification and Certification Committee for Gas committee, is tasked with registering refrigeration and air conditioning practitioners.

As part of its mandate, SARACCA aims to ensure safety and compliance in all HVAC installations in South Africa, as well as ensure these installations will not cause any hazards to end-users.

In terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993, the PER also requires persons handling the installation of any gas systems to undergo specific training and to be registered as practitioners with SAQCC Gas.

Within the past few years, SARACCA has seen significant growth in compliance within the HVAC industry, however, certain areas such as Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal still remain areas of concern.

Recently, the association received an alarming report from a registered practitioner, Wynand Tweer, reporting on an unregistered contractor in Greytown.

SARACCA director Barney Richardson and Department of Labour (DOL) inspectors will be investigating this unregistered contractor and ensuring he does not continue to endanger people with unsafe installations.

End-users need to note that only a registered practitioner can issue a Certificate of Conformity (CoC).

The certificate is a legal document, which when issued for an installation, proves that the installation is safe and compliant with regulations .

Only a registered gas practitioner can issue a COC for any air conditioning or refrigeration units installed.

This therefore means all end-users in Greytown whose HVAC installation were undertaken by this unregistered contractor cannot be accounted for with a valid CoC.

Should there be no CoC, insurance companies will not accept liability for costs of damage caused to property or assets.

The loss and damage suffered by an owner/user due to an air conditioner or refrigeration unit installation for which a valid CoC has not been issued fall entirely on the owner. Regardless of the cost of reparation, the insurance will most likely not cover it.

Only registered refrigeration gas practitioners may issue a CoC and a complete list of these practitioners can be found on


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