The Pressure Equipment Regulations (PER) clearly state that an authorised person shall issue a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) after completion of a gas installation, repair, modification, alteration or change of user or ownership.
The Southern African Gas Association (SAGA) under its mandate, has its own designated CoC, specific for the methane based gas applications to be used by Gas Practitioners. A Gas Practitioner needs to take cognizance of his/her own responsibility and ownership of the CoC book issued in their name as required by the PER. The Gas Practitioner is advised to keep their CoC book safe under lock and key at all times.
If the CoC book or individual CoC’s are misplaced, lost or stolen the matter must be reported to SAGA immediately. Should the Practitioner request a new CoC book, the following steps must be followed;
- Submit an original Affidavit, which records the following:
- Name and Surname of the Gas Practitioner
- SAQCC Gas registration number
- CoC book start and end numbers
- If CoC’s have been issued, state number and or range of CoC’s issued
- If applicable, the case number
- Reason why requesting a new CoC book
- Obtain a quotation for a new CoC book from SAGA and on payment provide Proof of Payment for SAGA to issue the new CoC book.
Failing to adhere to the above will be regarded as gross negligence on the part of the Gas Practitioner to whom this book was personally and directly issued and can lead to disciplinary action.
Gas Practitioners need to ensure that all CoC’s are completed in full, and on completion of work done, the CoC should be forwarded to SAGA for record keeping. SAGA maintains a database of completed CoC’s of all Gas Practitioners for referencing and record purposes.
Be vigilant and keep your CoC book safe to ensure they don’t end up in the wrong hands. It is better to be safe than sorry!