SAQCC Fire and the need to ensure compliance

Issue 6 2021 Fire & Safety, News, Associations

SAQCC Fire is a legal entity mandated by the Department of Employment and Labour to certify and qualify competent authorised persons within the fire industry.

One of the fundamental objectives of SAQCC Fire is to establish the necessary procedures for the education, training and registration of all appropriate personnel actively involved in the fire industry.

Such registration is necessary to create and ensure consistent, safe and high-quality standards of service excellence in respect of both the reconditioning of portable firefighting equipment as well as the design, installation and maintenance of fire detection and gas suppression systems.

Regulation of an industry is important, however it becomes extremely important when the regulation pertains to saving lives and property. The fire industry falls under the National Building Regulation SANS 10400.

Fire equipment is designed to save lives and property, but if installed or maintained incorrectly, lives or property can be at risk. Any persons working on such equipment must be registered as competent, and in the case of fire extinguishers, the company itself must have a SANS 1475 permit.

You are encouraged to determine if a company and technician is legal before appointment, and as the consumer/end user, you are entitled to check any person/s on site doing the work is carrying their current SAQCC Fire card (as per the image). Registration can also be verified on www.saqccfire.co.za.

SANS 10139 for fire detection and SANS 14520 for gas suppression systems require competent persons to provide services and sign the required certificates. The only way to ensure compliance is to verify the correct SAQCC Fire registration.

We can all help play our part in keeping people safe and preventing fires by ensuring that only competent people install and maintain fire equipment.

Find out more at www.saqccfire.co.za


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