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Responsible Refrigeration No 81

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Responsible Refrigeration No 81

Continuing on from the previous column dealing with the Certificates of Conformity via the online APP. The online app can be downloaded from the Play Store using a tablet or smart phone. Search for the SAQCC Gas CoC and proceed with install. You will asked if are you are registered in Safe Handling of Refrigerant Gas. If you are not, you as the refrigeration or air conditioning installer or maintenance practitioner will have to undergo the safe handling of refrigerants training course and assessment. Once the certificate is given to you apply for registration as an authorised refrigerant gas practitioner with SAQCC Gas.

Registration is achieved by applying with submission of the application form and all supporting documentation through SARACCA. SARACCA is responsible for refrigeration and air conditioning registrations within SAQCC Gas. Be sure to provide all information requested, an incomplete form will just cause a delay in the process.

The issuing of Certificate of Conformity (CoC) by refrigeration and air conditioning practitioners has been dismally poor when compared to the issued by the Liquid Petroleum Gas Practitioners over the past months.

Coc’s issued By each SAQCC Gas association Mar 22 – October 2022

The active refrigeration and air conditioning practitioners on the SAQCC Gas database vs practitioners registered on the CoC app as of October 2022 are shown below.

You will notice the refrigeration and air conditioning registered practitioners are not issuing CoC’s to the same extent as LP gas practitioners. With 3296 active refrigerant gas practitioners and only 648 using the CoC APP is in stark contrast to the LP gas practitioners. The vast difference above the SARACCA name is not a good reflection of the industry. The South African Gas Association (SAGA) dealing with natural gas, with only 205 practitioners on the APP are issuing 1297 CoC’s for the same period highlights the poor performance and non-compliance by refrigeration and air conditioning practitioners.

Those practitioners who are not up to speed with the CoC APP must get connected and issue certificates, whether asked by the client or not, to comply with the requirements of the Pressure Equipment Regulations. Practitioners should take responsibility to inform their client of the CoC requirement and issue a CoC after a new installation or repair or general maintenance.

The SAQCC Gas has a mandated role from the Department of Employment and Labour to register gas practitioners and unfortunately also discipline practitioners who transgress the SAQCC Gas Code of Conduct

Matters of transgression are not always pleasant to deal with but necessary considering the effect of the transgression of the Code of Good Practice which each practitioner signs. Poor workmanship and failure to follow standards leads to property and equipment damage and especially endangering to people’s lives.

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