Safe Gas Equipment Scheme
In terms of the Pressure Equipment Regulations (PER), SAGA has been mandated by the Department of Labour as the Verifying Authority for Natural Gas and Liquified Petroleum gas industrial equipment in conformance with the SANS 329 and 347 specifications which ensures SAGA with the mandate to oversee all industrial gas related equipment that is supplied within South Africa.
SAGA has established a Safe Gas Equipment Scheme (SGES). This implies that all equipment either imported and/or locally manufactured, supplied and installed within the country requires a SAGA Equipment Verification Permit. On the outset, this Equipment Verification Permit will ensure that the equipment has either been tested in compliance to an international or nationally accepted standard and that it is safe and fit for intended purpose.
SAGA is gathering information relating to equipment currently being supplied by manufacturers, importers, and suppliers. Imported equipment is normally accompanied by technical information such as declaration, of conformity, test reports, and test type certificates. This indicates to what standard the equipment was tested by a Notified Body. SAGA will on an ongoing basis adopt relevant international standards to which the equipment needs to conform. Should the information on the declaration of conformity, test type certificates, and test reports not meet the minimum requirements the equipment will have to be either retested by an accredited test house internationally or be rejected by the SGES as being not fit for purpose or use in this country.
The ultimate aim of the SGES is to prevent the supply and installation of sub-standard equipment to users and that all equipment meets the prescribed conformance criteria as per the OHS Act, PER and required OHS standards
As per the PER new installations will require that a registered gas practitioner will need to indicate and certify on the Certificate of Conformity (COC) that the equipment installed has been verified by the SGES Committee via its Verification Scheme and is fit for purpose and intended use (permit number/certificate to be recorded/attached to the CoC).
NB! – Read about the Technical Bulletin 2 of 2013 associated with the scheme, click here
Equipment Database (To view the Equipment Database click here)
As per the SGES mentioned above, all equipment manufacturers, importers and suppliers need to register their respective equipment prior to making the equipment available to the end user.
Participation in the scheme
Read these documents or download them to fully understand the process to successfully participate in the scheme: