The Department of Labor has authorized the Southern African Gas Association (Saga) to be the verification authority for the industrial supplies industry for natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for South Africa.
All industrial equipment must comply with the SANS 329 and SANS 347 specifications used by industry representatives to ensure that all equipment manufactured in South Africa or delivered to South Africa and delivered to the market complies with the Pressure Equipment Directive (PER) and for gas use are suitable.
"Gas is cheaper, more efficient, and in some cases more environmentally friendly, but it can be very dangerous to use if it is not operated properly," says Risk Benefit Solutions Director (19459004) George Davis ,
The PER regulates all natural gas and LPG industrial plants. It meets a safety standard and does not pose a health risk or endangerment. The regulations set out the requirements for the design, manufacture, operation, repair, modification, maintenance, inspection and testing of pressure equipment
Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993, the PER also requires persons intending to work on any gas systems for specific training to obtain and register with the Certification Committee South African Gas Certification and Certification Committee to obtain a license to work on gas systems.
Davis states that in order to curb illegal gas installations, Saga has set up, under its mandate, the Safe Gas Equipment Scheme (SGES) to ensure that all industrial equipment installed in South Africa has been tested and to an international or nationally acceptable standard Safe and suitable for the intended purpose
"All industrial equipment approved for use in a gas system shall be fitted with a saga device Verification permit issued to the manufacturer or importer to demonstrate compliance" he stresses.
Davis notes that a registered gas expert must provide the Certificate of Conformity (COC) and confirm that the installed equipment was present. Englisch: eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUri…0115: EN: It certifies that equipment that has not been granted a verification approval is the user or owner of the equipment, or you must be responsible for any damage or injury that may occur.
"Accidents in unchecked equipment are unavoidable, they are a catastrophe just waiting to happen, PER is a legally binding rule, so anybody who does not comply with these rules will be prosecuted," he explains ,
Davis points to an incident that occurred on February 17 last year as an example of an unsafe gas system when contractors at a naval base in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, were assigned to work in the septic tank when In one of the underground facilities suddenly methane gas emerged.
"All three contractors died along with three members of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) trying to rescue them, the six men were exposed to methane gas and all died from inhalation," explains SANDF spokesperson Mafi Mgobozi .
Methane gas is a major component of natural gas and leakage is deadly. Mgobozi points out that both the Military Police and the South African Police Service are investigating with the intention of holding someone responsible for the six deaths in a murder case.  Davis Concludes Consumers and Gas Users Must Understand This When their unlawful devices or installations cause damage, they are directly liable.