Gas installations for domestic use, is one of the most important and primary things that are required for leading a domestic life. Cooking on stoves requires gas, as all of us know very well. But this is a job that requires extreme caution and expertise on the part of people who do it. Not only do the employees of a gas installation service provider need to be certified by and registered with a regulatory body, but they also should be bestowed with the title of “certified gas installers”. In case of South Africa, there are several non-profit organisations (NPO) which look after the interests of people who appoint gas installers in their homes for domestic use. One such organisation, which looks after the interests of the liquefied petroleum gas industry while helping LPG installation units to grow through compliance with regulatory guidelines, is called “Liquid Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa” (LPGSASA for short). The official government body, which certifies and licenses qualified people in order to enable them to work for gas installation companies, is known as SAQCC (South African Qualification and Certification Committee for Gas). It is from here that all South African gas companies recruit their employees. Below are discussed some provisions from a set of rules and regulations which are prescribed by South African gas regulation authority SANS-10087-1; in order to ensure quality service and safety of households:
- All installations should be fitted with signage which would indicate instructions such as ‘No smoking’, ‘no naked lights’, ‘no unauthorized entry’ etc.
- In places where the cylinder installations are adjacent to, or placed directly under the roof of a structure which might be made from combustible material, the relevant authority is to be contacted in matters of the location of gas cylinders.
- If a single cylinder connection is done, for e.g. in places where the LPG gas regulator is attached to the cylinder valve; there needs to be a regulator hose which needs to be connected to the outlet of the regulator.
- If there are multi-cylinder connections, where the connectors are joined by means of changeover valves, there is a need to make the regulator and changeover switches to be mounted in such a fashion that there are gas supplies from each and every cylinder by means of individual channels and lines.
- Gas containers should always be built on the roof of a construction, which has non-inflammable material or is powered with water sprinklers or power extinguishers.
- Every valve of each container should have its mouth or opening tightly closed or plugged in. And they should always be carried down emergency stairways/lifts which are not used by the public.
- If more than two gas containers are used for an installation, then all the containers should be interconnected to form a manifold system or manifold network. However, the changeover devices which are connected to both sides of each container, would not be integrated into the manifold system.