Certificates

LTC Electrical are specialists in smaller properties.
We are experts in Townhouse certificates, as well as houses

A free copy of THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT, 1993 ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION REGULATIONS (click on the link) can be downloaded. The document outlines who is responsible for which function when purchasing an electrical certificate of compliance as well as explaining the qualification an electrician must posses before he is employed to work in your home or work environment.

LTC Electrical is a leader in the issue of the Electrical Compliance Certificate. We are Townhouse Specialists
Our services include the following:

  • Inspection of electrical installation.
  • Repair of your electrical installation up to SANS standard.
  • Issue of your Electrical Compliance Certificate.
  • Re-inspection of previously certified installations for those who are wary of the certificate they have been issued, and advice on how to take corrective measures in this regard.
  • Free advice on any area of electrical compliance.

The process of obtaining an electrical compliance certificate can be explained the following way:

  • The process begins with an inspection, the cost of which will vary from one electrical installation to the next due to the complexity of each individual installation.
  • Once the inspection is complete and we are satisfied that the electrical installation complies with the SANS we will issue the certificate straight away.
  • If there are repairs to be undertaken in order to bring the electrical installation into compliance with the SANS then we will offer you an estimated quote on that work.
  • Once you have accepted our quote and we have completed the repairs then we will issue the certificate.
  • The certificate must eventually be retained by the buyer after it has been presented to the Conveyance Attorneys

It is important that you obtain an electrical compliance certificate for your electrical installation. Your insurance company will probably repudiate any claims that originate from an electrical fault, without proof that your electrical installation is compliant.

No one may perform any electrical work on your electrical installation unless they posses a wireman’s license or are under the direct supervision of an electrician who has a wireman’s license. Your electrician doing this work must issue you with an electrical compliance certificate for the work he has done. It is your responsibility, in the eyes of the law, to ensure that the electrician has a wireman’s license and is a registered electrical contractor, before he undertakes any work on your electrical installation

 Electrical installation: All the electrical equipment in a building between the point of control (distribution board) and the point of consumption (plugs, lights, etc)

SANS: The South African National Standards

Why do I need an electrical compliance certificate for my electrical installation?
An electrical compliance certificate is proof that your electrical installation is safe and complies with the rules and regulations as set out in the South African Nation Standards 10142-1.

The law requires that you be in possession of an electrical compliance certificate at all times, as does your insurance company. If your property suffers damage due to an electrical fault, your insurance company will expect you to produce a valid electrical certificate. Not being able to produce one may invalidate your claim.

During the inspection a series of tests are performed upon your electrical installation.
These testes include:

  • A physical visual examination of every facet of your electrical installation including roof wiring, plugs, light switches, lights, distribution boards etc.
  • A high voltage insulation resistance test
  • A prospective short circuit current test
  • An earth fault loop impedance test
  • Continuity of ring circuits test
  • Voltage no load tests
  • Voltage on load test
  • Voltage at available load
  • Elevated voltage on the supply neutral test
  • Earth leakage test
  • Line Frequency test
  • Earthing continuity test
  • Bonding continuity test
  • Polarity at points of consumption
  • Operation of switching devices

Since May 2009 when selling a property, an electrical certificate that is not older than two years may be transferred to the buyer, provided that the installation has been maintained correctly during this period. Any alterations to the electrical installation that you have done after taking responsibility for the electrical installation, have to be covered by a separate  certificate or the entire installation be re inspected and certified. After two years, as a good maintenance practice, your property should be re-inspected for wear and tear and a new certificate issued.

Leasing and renting Property
You may not lease or rent out your property unless you posses a valid electrical compliance certificate for the electrical installation in that property. Tenants must be supplied with a copy of the certificate. Rental agents are now required to see the certificate before they will assist you with a tenant.

Interesting External Links:
 Homeowners' responsibility to comply with safety standards
The increased use of electrical appliances during winter significantly  enhances the risk of an electrical fire occurring in South African  residential homes. As a result, homeowners must ensure all electrical  appliances, usage and supply comply with safety standards and that all  insurance policies are up-to-date to cover possible financial losses  before the colder months begin (continue reading)

Your responsibility under the Law
The very first line on your electrical compliance certificate test report is written:

Note 1. In terms of South African legislation, the user or the lessor is responsible for the safety of the electrical installation.

This means that it is your responsibility, as the user or lessor (landlord) to be in possession of a valid electrical compliance certificate for that electrical installation at all times. The certificate is proof that your electrical installation complies with the South African National Standards and is safe.
Choosing the correct Company to issue your certificate is extremely important.

CIA Report on Compliance certificates
Read this report compiled by an insurance company and their stance on the compliance certificate

No person, other than a registered electrician or a person under direct supervision by a registered electrician, may work on any electrical installation in South Africa
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT

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