There have been a number of changes that have been made to the areas of compliance related to SANS 10254; the installation, replacement and maintenance of a geyser as at 2001 when SANS 10254 became a regulation & amendments to safety in 2004. These changes have often resulted in confusion and misinterpretation of this specific regulation.
To help reduce non-compliance within the plumbing industry, The Institute of Plumbing SA (IOPSA), in association with the Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB), has broken down and simplified the critical areas of the regulation to ensure that the standard can be easily understood.
This is freely available on the IOPSA website and has been designed to alleviate some of the confusion that could result in safety hazards as it provides a practical guideline in the form of a compliance table.
Compliance to SANS 10254 affects all manufactures, suppliers, merchants, retailers, installers & the entire value chain.
For ease of use, the compliance table is split up into different sections:
- Table A: The installation of a new geyser
- Table B: The replacement of a geyser
- Table C: The repairs and maintenance of a geyser
The compliance table will give guidance to the PIRB Auditors, when an audit is undertaken, to cover all the above sections. It is further noted that if the minimum compliance is not met on any of the installation, replacement or repair, the licensed plumber will be issued a PIRB rectification notice.
The critical compliance table must be read in conjunction with SANS 10254 and the IOPSA notice of non-compliance that specifies all areas of compliance. It is further noted that as required by the regulation an installer must issue the building owner with a notice of non-compliance, if any existing items do not meet the regulations.
These documents can be found and are available for download from the IOPSA website at www.iopsa.org. For more information, contact Kaela on 08610 PLUMBER
Gary Macnamara emphasized “All requirements of SANS 10254 must be met at all times, these tables just highlight the most critical areas of compliance”