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Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993)

Guidance Notes

Electrical Installations Regulations, 2009

2. The definitions and the regulations

2.4 Regulation 5 - Design and construction

 

2.4.1 Subregulation 1

 

No person may authorise, design, install or permit or require the installation of an electrical installation, other than in accordance with a health and safety standard incorporated into these Regulations under section 44 of the Act.

 

Notes:

 

1 . The incorporated health and safety standard referred to is the SANS 10142-1 Code of practice for the wiring of premises as published in Government Notice No. R.243 of 6 March 2009 or any updated revision of the standard.

 

2. The standard has the power of a regulation only in so far as the regulation permits and it must therefore be noted that the standard is only applicable with respect to an "electrical installation" as defined i.e. from the "point of supply'' to the "point of consumption", which expressions are clearly defined.

 

3. This subregulation will also applies to extension, modification and repair of an existing electrical installation.

 

2.4.2 Subregulation 2

 

No person may use components within an electrical installation unless those components comply with the standards referred to in the relevant incorporated standard referred to in subregulation (1 ), and proof of compliance shall be identifiable on the components or certification shall be available from the manufacturer or supplier of the materials or components in terms of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act, 2008 (Act No. 5 of 2008).

 

Note: Self explanatory

 

2.4.3 Subregulation 3

 

Items of an electrical installation not covered by an incorporated health and safety standard, and the conductors between the point of supply and the point of control, shall be installed in accordance with the by-laws or regulations of the supplier concerned.

 

Note: Self explanatory

 

2.4.4        Subregulation 4

 

A registered person shall exercise general control over all electrical installation work being carried out, and no person may allow such work without such control.

 

Definition:

 

"general control"

in relation to electrical installation,»'ork that is being carried out, includes instruction, guidance and supervision iii respect of that work;

 

Notes:

 

1. This subregulation emphasizes the point that no one may do installation work unless he or she does the work under the general control of a registered person or himself or herself is a registered person.

 

2. If the registered person does the work himself or herself, this general control will not be necessary.

 

3. The intention of the regulation is to ensure that installation work is carried out under clear instructions, guidance and proper supervision and that it complies with the health and safety standard.

 

2.4.5        Subregulation 5

 

Where the voltage exceeds 1 kV, a person deemed competent in terms of paragraphs (b), (c) or {d) of the definition of a competent person in regulation 1 of the General Machinery Regulations, 1988, or a person registered in a professional category in terms of the Engineering Profession Act, 2000, shall approve the design of that part of an electrical installation.

 

Note: Self explanatory

 

2.4.6 Subregulation 6

 

Where the intention is to supply five or more users from a new point of supply, the user shall appoint an approved inspection authority for electrical installations or a person deemed competent in terms of paragraph (b), (c) or (d) of the definition of a competent person in regulation 1 of the General Machinery Regulations, 1988, or a person registered in a professional category in terms of the Engineering Profession Act, 2000, who shall ensure the compliance contemplated in subregulation (1) from the commencement to the commissioning of the electrical installation.

 

Note: Self explanatory

 

2.4.7 Subregulation 7

 

No supplier may restrict the application of a health and safety standard referred to in subregulation (1) when an electrical installation is installed, except where the distribution system of the supplier may be adversely affected by the application thereof.

 

Note:

 

1. By-laws of a supplier are subordinate legislation to these regulations and may therefore not attempt to add to or detract from the provisions of these regulations.

 

2. A by-law which requires more than the regulations call for, or prohibits something that the regulations permit, could be challenged on dispute.

 

3. A supplier may make by-laws and regulations on anything outside the scope of the definition for an electrical installation and also on aspects of such by-law or regulation are meant to safeguard or fit in with the supplier's distribution system.