SAIRAC heats up talks on contractor requirements

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The South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) held its regular meeting at the Bryanston Sports Club as usual on Thursday 17 August. The event was well-attended (despite the freezing cold front rolling in).

Before getting into the talk though, SAIRAC national president (and Johannesburg treasurer), Grant Laidlaw gave feedback on the national annual general meeting (AGM) that took place the week prior in Cape Town. Laidlaw reported that the association was doing well and that the website was getting a lot of attention.

As usual, various new member certificates were issued as well. Everyone was reminded of the upcoming fellows’ lunch on 20 October – a very popular annual event for the centre.

Then it was time for Renier van den Berg, senior Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) officer, facilities management, Broll Property Group, to deliver his informative talk on ‘contractor requirements’.

These days there is a lot of a red tape involved with working on site and it’s important that contractors know exactly what is expected of them. Else, they may be slapped with fines – or worse!

A lot of the information was taken from the Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) Act. The list of dos and don’ts was quite comprehensive but it’s vital that HVAC&R contractors understand exactly what is required of them.

His talk touched on the general duties and responsibilities of employers in the workplace. He also tackled contractor requirements for working on site as per the construction regulations, explaining the requirements in terms of things like personal protective equipment (PPE) and emergency planning, among others. Van den Berg looked at safety file requirements for companies and all the documentation that should be included.

After a brief question and answer session, members and guests enjoyed the snacks provided, continuing the conversation on a more informal note.

Download the full presentation here


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