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THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS AND THE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR | ECASA
THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS AND THE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR By Chris Colling, ECA(SA) Technical Adviser, KwaZulu-Natal Region According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1993 (Act No 85 of 1993), the South African electrician's work must comply with SANS 10142-1 (Edition 2), which is the most recent legislation applicable to the electrical trade. This, along with the OHS Act's regulations such as the Electrical Installation Regulations, Electrical Machinery Regulations, and General Safety Regulations (amongst nine different sets of regulations) 'lay down the law' for all electrical installations. In recent months, I've talked to electrical contractors and I'm often asked the same questions about the standards and regulations and how they affect us as contractors and how we can contribute to improve the standards. Q: Why do we have the Standards? A: The main purpose of standards and regulations is to ensure the basic safety of electrical installations and the safety of