Employment and Labour undertakes liquefied petroleum gas inspections

Free State Department of Employment and Labour set to undertake liquefied petroleum gas inspections as gas usage peaks amid loadshedding
The Department of Employment and Labour, Free State is embarking on a series of inspections on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) installations, storage, filling and exchange sites. Leading the aforementioned initiative will be the department’s Inspection and Enforcement Services branch whose mandate is to enhance occupational health and safety, compliance and awareness in the workplace.

The objective of the campaign is to aggressively subject this industry to scrutiny through inspections, assess levels of compliance and enforce health and safety in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act No .85 of 1993) and Pressure Equipment Regulations, of 2009.

In light of the country’s current energy crisis, businesses and households have notably resorted to utilising gas as a primary solution. Albeit considered safe, if incorrectly used, gas may cause fire, explosion and poisonous fumes resulting in fatalities and/or damage to property. This risk must be managed through ensuring that there is requisite compliance from all gas users to prevent potential harm and fatalities.

Provincial Chief Inspector, Manelisi Luxande states that “this initiative seeks to monitor compliance of the Pressure Equipment Regulations, 2009 of Occupational Health and Safety Act – this legislation obligates the manufacturers, importers, sellers, suppliers, installers and end-users of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Equipment to ensure that the apparatus comply with the applicable South African National Standards (SANS 347, 10019, 10087, 1156-2, 1237 & 1539)”.

Liquefied Petroleum Gas users are urged to ensure that:

LP Gas equipment designed and manufactured for use in the Republic is conformity assessed and subjected to the requirement set in SANS347, and the Approved Inspection Authority(AIA) verified manufacturer certificate is available;
LP Gas equipment is operated and maintained within its design operating parameters (read manufacture certificate/ user manual before use);
LP Gas Cylinders storage and filling sites must be approved by the local authority;
LP Gas cylinders are stored and used in well-ventilated areas and away from flammable material;
LP Gas installations are done and maintained by suitably qualified gas installer who is registered with South African Qualification and Certification Authority Gas (SAQCC Gas).

Source: Government of South Africa