Supplied by SAQCC Gas
It’s been 15 years since SAQCC Gas was formed under the mandate from Department of Employment and Labour.
SAQCC Gas is non-profit company that has been formed by the four member associations to establish a central database of authorised gas practitioners to work on gas and gas systems as per the Pressure Equipment Regulation 17.
Initially, the four associations who formed SAQCC Gas were:
- Liquified Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGSASA)
- South African Compressed Gas Association (SACGA)
- Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Council of South Africa (ACRICSA)
- South African Pipeline Gas Association (SAPGA)
Over the years the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Council of South Africa (ACRICSA) was replaced by the South African Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Contractors Association (SARACCA); the South African Pipeline Gas Association (SAPGA) changed to Southern African Gas Association (SAGA); and Liquified Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGSASA) changed to Liquified Petroleum Gas Association of South Africa (LPGSA).
The gas industry is well governed and safe, its practitioners trained and competent to work on the various fields as per their scope of registration. SAQCC Gas’ online database is accurate, up-to-date, accessible 24/7, and its website is www.saqccgas.co.za. It has different skills sets, including domestic, commercial, industrial and more. There are different options available to search for practitioners in each area, by searching according to province, town, suburb, company, or practitioner license number. The registration started slowly and has been increasing over the years, and to date has grown to more than 5 000 active practitioners.
Compliance and safety are the organisation’s priority. Its gas practitioners are professional and abide by the body’s Code of Conduct and Code of Good Practice.
There’s been a lot of developments over the years: it commenced with a manual registration process, which today has been digitalised. It is also pleased to announce that this year marks the end of paper Certificates of Conformity (CoC), which are now replaced with the electronic CoC system. This ensures that only a registered person issues a CoC – easy to trace and easily accessible for both the associations and the gas practitioners.
SAQCC Gas appreciates the contributions made by industry stakeholders, and thanks the Department of Employment and Labour for their support, as well as all the directors who have given their time to build SAQCC Gas over the past 15 years.
Looking forward to another 15 years of sustainable growth in serving the gas industry!