Further to the article that appeared in the April 2009 issue of Vector (p. 6) on the new Electrical Installation Regulations, we have at last received some clarity from the Department of Labour about the use of the new and the old Certificate of Compliance (CoC).
The new CoC (Annexure 1 to the regulations) must now be used, and old CoC will become the “Test Report” until we are instructed otherwise. They must be attached together, and the number on the old CoC must also be transcribed on to the new document so that it can be seen that they are “married” to one another.
The Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa (ECB) has issued an instruction that when selling the “old” CoC pads, the ECA must also be provide contractors with 20 copies of the “new” certificates, and the price of the “package” will be R25. However, there is nothing to stop electrical contractors from photocopying the new CoCs themselves, in which case they will continue to pay the R20 for the old pad of certificates. The ECB cannot have the new certificates printed until the Department of Labour authorises it to do so.
The new certificate has been placed on both the ECA and ECB websites, so it is now available to be downloaded. The ECA’s website address is www.ecasa.co.za and the ECB’s is www.ecbsa.co.za. This has been necessary because it was impossible to distribute them throughout the country at such short notice.
To assist with the completion of the new certificates, we have prepared the following guidelines which will hopefully prove helpful.
Place the number from the old CoC you are using as the test report on the new certificate alongside “Certificate No.” If you are using separate pages (not back-to-back) also include it at the top of each page.
“The Declaration by registered person” is for completion by the person responsible for the testing and inspection of the electrical installation, as follows:
“The Declaration by electrical contractor” is for completion by the contractor (business) and capturing of the business’ information, as follows:
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact your regional director.