What is compliance?
List of Laws, and Regulations Pertaining To The Instillation Of A Generator
The dangers of non-compliance
What can you do?
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When we talk about compliance, with regards to generators, we are talking about insuring that your generator and
installation comply with ALL the legal requirements. There are numerous laws and standards that are applicable to
the manufacture, assembly and installation of generators. While most manufacturers are aware of these and apply
them, sadly the same cannot be said about the people who install generators or sell them.
Common shortfalls we see in the industry are
People selling single phase petrol generators to clients knowing the client’s intention is to use the generator in
their home/ business and that they will be connecting it to their DB, what is really alarming is the number of
qualified electrical contractors that then go ahead and install these generators. The vast majority of these
installations are not only very illegal, but are extremely dangerous. These generators are V-O-V generators,
meaning that they achieve 230V by running 115V through the live and 115V through the neutral. SANS is very
clear that these may NOT be connected to a DB. Further SANS requires that the earth and neutral on a
generator be bonded, ie connected together. The idea is that your neutral and your earth must be almost
identical in Voltage, failure to do this can result in your earth leakage switch not functioning.
Very few generator installations have the required safety sign-age.
Lack of fire extinguishers
Lack of the required licenses if your fuel tank is above a certain size (this changes depending on local by-laws in
Cape Town it is 200L, in Stellenbosch it is 500L)
Exhausts not compliant
No Plinth and Bundwall
Not all the required emergency stops and generator running lights are installed
Poorly constructed generator rooms. Generators require a large amount of air, they use it for combustion and
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act 1993 (Act No.85 of 1993)
Electrical Machinery Regulations promulgated in terms of the OHS Act
Electricity Supply By-Law
Fire Brigade Services Act 1987 / Community Fire Safety By-Law
Environmental Conservation Act 1989
SANS 10142-1 – The wiring of Premises Part 1 Low Voltage Installations
SANS 10103 – Measurement of Environmental Noise
SANS10400 – National Building Regulations
SANS 10131 – Fuel storage tanks
If your at an event and running a generator, then the following also applies
SANS 10366 - Health and safety at events
The electrician working on your building, who is not aware
you have a generator due to lack of sign-age, can be
The generator can catch fire and destroy your building
Council workers working on the grid can be electrocuted
In the case of damage to the generator the oil, fuel and con-
taminates can leak out, making for very costly clean ups
In the case of an insurance claim your claim could be
turned down, as all insurance contracts require that you adhere
to all legal requirements.
WHY TAKE THE RISK?
We offer free annual compliance reports as a part of our service contracts, the laws change from time to time and
we make sure we are up to date with these changes, and thus keep you informed and up to date.
We also do compliance reporting and issue you with a compliance certificate once your installation is compliant.
We also offer a conversion service for some makes of V-O-V generators that convert them into V-O-O, unfortunate
not all generators can be converted, the Honda EU inverter generator, Kipor inverter generator and some Chinese
sets are among those that cannot be converted.
Even if you have a contract with a generator company, a compliance report is not expensive but will aid you in
insuring that the person charging you to take care of your generator is in fact doing just that and not allowing you
become a possible victim of serious law suits and insurance problems.
Contact us today and let us put your mind at ease.