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Guidance Notes

Electrical Installations Regulations, 2009

2. The definitions and the regulations

2.6 Regulation 7 - Certificate of compliance

 

2.6.1 Subregulation 1

 

Subject to the provisions of subregulation (3), every user or lessor of an electrical installation, as the case may be, shall have a valid certificate of compliance for that installation in the form of Annexure 1, which shall be accompanied by a test report in the format approved by the chief inspector, in respect of every such electrical installation.

 

Definition:

 

"certificate of compliance"

means—

(a) a certificate with a unique number obtainable from the chief inspector, or a person appointed by the chief inspector, in the form of Annexure 1, and issued by a registered person in respect of an electrical installation or part of an electrical installation; or
(b) a certificate of compliance issued under the Electrical Installation Regulations, 1992;

 

"registered person"

means a person registered in terms of—

(a) regulation 11; or
(b) regulation 9 of the Electrical Installation Regulations, 1992, as an electrical tester for single phase, an installation electrician or a master installation electrician, as the case may be;

 

"electrical tester for single phase"

means a person who has been registered as an electrical tester for single phase in terms of regulation 11(2) for the verification and certification of the construction, testing and inspection of electrical installations supplied by a single-phase electricity supply at the point of control, excluding specialised electrical installations;

 

"installation electrician"

means a person who has been registered as an installation electrician in terms of regulation 11(2) for the verification and certification of the construction, testing and inspection of any electrical installation, excluding specialised electrical installations;

 

"master installation electrician"

means a person who has been registered as a master installation electrician in terms of regulation 11(2) for the verification and certification of the construction, testing and inspection of any electrical installation;

 

"specialised electrical installations"

means electrical installations in—

(a) explosive atmospheres as contemplated in SANS10086-1;
(b) the petroleum industry as contemplated in SANS10089-2;
(c) hazardous locations as contemplated in SANS10108; or
(d) medical locations as contemplated in SANS10142-1,

published by Standards South Africa;

 

Note:

 

1. Registered person may generate their own certificate of compliance with a sequential unique number for now. Unique numbers will be made available at a later stage.

 

2.6.2        Subregulation 2

 

Subject to the provisions of subregulation (3), every user or lessor of an electrical installation, as the case may be, shall on request produce the certificate of compliance for that electrical installation to an inspector, a supplier or, subject to regulation 4(1), an approved inspection authority for electrical installations.

 

Note: Self explanatory

 

2.6.3        Subregulation 3

 

Subregulation (1) shall not apply to an electrical installation that existed prior to 23 October 1992, and where there was no change of ownership after 1 March 1994: Provided that, if any addition or alteration is effected to such an electrical installation, the user or lessor of the electrical installation, as the case may be, shall obtain a certificate of compliance for the whole electrical installation, whereafter the provisions of subregulation (1) shall be applicable to such electrical installation.

 

Note: Self explanatory

 

2.6.4        Subregulation 4

 

Where any addition or alteration has been effected to an electrical installation for which a certificate of compliance was previously issued, the user or lessor of such electrical installation shall obtain a certificate of compliance for at least

the addition or alteration.

 

Note: Self explanatory

 

2. 6.5 Subregulation 5

 

Subject to the provisions of section 10(4) of the Act, the user or lessor may not allow a change of ownership if the certificate of compliance is older than two years.

 

Note: Self explanatory

 

2.6.6 Subregulation 6

 

The relevant supplier may at any reasonable time inspect or test any electrical installation: Provided that the supplier shall not charge any fee for such an inspection or test unless the inspection or test is carried out at the request of the user or lessor.

 

Note: Self explanatory

 

2.6.7 Subregulation 7

 

If an inspector, an approved inspection authority for electrical installations or supplier has carried out an inspection or test and has detected any fault or defect in any electrical installation, that inspector, approved inspection authority for electrical installations or supplier may require the user or lessor of that electrical installation to obtain a new certificate of compliance: Provided that if such fault or defect in the opinion of the inspector, approved inspection authority for electrical installations or supplier constitutes an immediate danger to persons, that inspector, approved inspection authority for electrical installations or supplier shall forthwith take steps to have the supply to the circuit in which the fault or defect was detected, disconnected: Provided further that where such fault or defect is of such a nature that it may indicate negligence on the part of a registered person, the inspector, approved inspection authority for electrical installations or supplier shall forthwith  report those circumstances in writing to the chief inspector.

 

Note: Self explanatory