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Gas is the Winner in Efficiency and Accessibility

A local start-up in the gas industry has recently made it possible for over 25000 South Africans to purchase gas at any desired quantity. This is just one of the many ways gas consumers can easily access this reliable energy source. When it comes to domestic use, home cooks can rejoice when preparing food with gas. It takes about 3 times as much energy to produce and deliver electricity to your stove! It is the clear winner in the energy efficiency battle between gas and electric when cooking. For many South Africans, gas is an implementable energy source in their homes and businesses which combats surging energy bills. This is very real when considering the recent rejection of the national electricity utility’s request to hike tariffs by 38.1% for 2022-2023.

Gas’s superior efficiency and accessibility is obvious. So how can you start full utilising gas in your home or business? Safety is key. That’s why the South African Qualification and Certification Committee (SAQCC) works tirelessly to keep growing higher levels of competency and compliancy in the gas industry. As a non-profit company, it was formed to establish a central data base for registered and authorised gas practitioners to work with gas and on gas systems. SAQCC Gas believes South Africa needs more awareness on gas-work competency and safety. By registering, gas practitioners ensure home and business safety and that every employee gets home safe too. SAQCC Gas provides gas practitioners with the latest regulations, receive training and the competency they need to remain safe on the job and support the safety of our communities.

As a non-profit company, SAQCC Gas was formed to establish a central data base for registered and authorised gas practitioners to work with gas and on gas systems.

Any consumers utilising a gas system in domestic, commercial, industrial or specialised capacities must be sure to only make use of registered gas practitioners. Responsible home and business owners should have legitimate Certificates of Conformity (CoCs) for their gas systems as well as regularly have inspections to avoid being caught off guard when selling or if there is a costly fault due to poor maintenance. Consumers can ensure a CoCs authenticity by verifying that the gas installation matches the association, e.g., LPGSA for LP gas installations. Registered gas practitioners can now efficiently and seamlessly provide electronic CoCs by using the SAQCC Gas mobile app.

Whether you are a consumer or gas practitioner, you can do your part to increase awareness of safe gas use and installation. The 4 member associations who form SAQCC make it simple for the consumers and practitioners to report incidents or installations that do not meet current regulations. Registered gas practitioners always have the experience, competency, equipment and knowledge to do the work safely the first time. Be cautious of the fastest and cheapest quote! Your own and others’ wellbeing is worth more than saving a few extra rands. If you suffer losses due to non-compliant gas work, insurance companies may not cover fire or public liability claims caused by non-registered persons.

A Safer Year So Far in SA’s Gas Industry

Comparing registration numbers between March 2021 to March 2022, there has been an increase in registered gas practitioners according to the South African Qualification and Certification Committee for Gas (SAQQC Gas). That is excellent news! For the everyday South African who benefits from gas products as well as the workers maintaining and installing gas systems, it means a safer year with higher levels of competency and compliancy in the gas industry.

SAQCC Gas is always striving for more awareness on gas-work competency and safety. By registering as a gas practitioner, you are playing a crucial part in ensuring that every worker goes home safe at the end of each workday. For SAQCC Gas, part of achieving that goal is by providing members with the opportunity to have the training and competency they need to remain safe on the job and support the safety of those with whom they work. “Involving industry members in advisory roles for the Safety and Technical Advisory Council (STAC) is inspirational and collaborative. STAC ensures a platform for sound debate and advice, resulting in improved safety and best practices across most gas disciplines within industry. Successes are imminent especially embracing emerging markets,’’ says Roy Lubbe, Chairman of the Southern African Gas Association (SAGA), which established STAC and is also one of the four member associations of SAQCC Gas.

SAQCC Gas is always striving for more awareness on gas-work competency and safety. By registering as a gas practitioner, you are playing a crucial part in ensuring that every worker goes home safe at the end of each workday.

It is equally important for consumers utilising various gas products whether in commercial, industrial or specialised capacities to be vigilant about compliancy and make use of registered gas practitioners. For instance, South African homeowners should not view Certificates of Conformity (CoCs) as indefinitely valid. Gas is very well regulated and often updated, therefore making it a safer energy choice. This means responsible homeowners should have their gas appliances inspected on a yearly basis at minimum to avoid being caught by surprise should they need to sell the property or if there is a costly fault due to lack of maintenance.

It’s the community of consumers and gas practitioners working together to constantly build and improve the gas industry in South Africa. Each of the four associations emphasise that anyone can report an incident where an installation does not conform to current regulations. Work done by unregistered persons is illegal and potentially extremely dangerous as it can result in serious injury or even death. Registered gas practitioners have the necessary experience, competency, equipment and knowledge to do the work safely the first time. Never settle for quick and cheap installations that compromise on your safety. Insurance companies may not cover fire or public liability claims caused by non-registered persons as the gas installations will be deemed illegal.

To learn more about SAQCC Gas, please visit www.saqccgas.co.za

Why Become and Stay an Authorised Gas Practitioner?

Joining the SAQCC’s official database, which displays details of registered and authorised gas practitioners who work with a variety of gasses and gas systems, protects the South African public from unqualified practitioners carrying out unsafe gas work. As a consumer, a registered practitioner gives you peace of mind—knowing that they are competent and legally permitted to work safely with gas.

Whatever gas product is being worked on; safety must always come first. Kevin Crawford, a Technical Trainer for Refrigerant Gases at the South African Sugar Association, emphasised; “it’s not just your life, it’s also others’ lives around you too.” Safety is crucial as carbon monoxide poisoning, faulty gas systems and installations which kill many people each year. Clearly, there are huge risks involved and an incredibly small room for error when lives are at stake. Having an authorised gas practitioner greatly diminishes the chances of incompetence. “Understanding your product and being properly qualified to handle your product” means that you are fully aware of the high risks associated with gas work, according to ACS Gas and Water’s Technical Manager, Andre Strauss.

By respecting your own life and those around you, registering and staying authorised is promoting the value of life, not only within the gas industry but in our communities too!

From a gas practitioner’s perspective, being registered is also great for business. A multitude of potential customers access SAQCC’s online database looking for trustworthy service providers. Strauss says that newcomers in the gas industry need to find a mentor to guide them in acquiring the proper knowledge, skills and accreditation. Gas practitioners who want a future in the industry need to back up their service with credibility. “There are numerous groups on social media that you can tap into and ask your questions,” Strauss says. There is support and a real sense of comradery. “We all need to achieve one goal and make sure that it works for everybody and that everyone is on the same wavelength—working with the same regulations, creating a uniform standard.” Becoming and staying registered keeps gas practitioners well informed and enables them to maintain sound practice.

By respecting your own life and those around you, registering and staying authorised is promoting the value of life, not only within the gas industry but in our communities too! Crawford highlighted the additional motivation of protecting the environment: practitioners who are authorised and therefore trained to work with gas do so responsibly, such as not unnecessarily releasing gases into the atmosphere that contribute to the greenhouse gas effect.

Registered gas practitioners uphold the foremost concern in the industry: safety for everyone involved. Promoting respect for life positively affects our community. Additionally, authorised practitioners have a network of support from the associations and fellow professionals as well as knowing their good practice is not harming the environment.