Is your electric fence compliant?
In South Africa the Electric Machinery Regulations (Government Notice No. R250 (Government Gazette 34154) of 25 March 2011, published in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993) (OHS Act), which is administered by the Chief Inspector of Occupational Health and Safety of the Department of Labour, requires that all electric fence installations (non-lethal), temporary or permanent, comply with the requirements of SANS 10222-3. It also requires that an accredited person, defined as an electric fence installer, issues an Electric Fence Certificate for an electric fence installation (non-lethal), and that the certificate be in the form of the Electric Fence Certificate published in the Electrical Machinery Regulations or in the form published in this standard as an example.
The provisions of SANS 10222-3 apply only to the selection, application and installation of electric fencing equipment, associated appliances and accessories, which are part of the electric fence installation (non-lethal), temporary or permanent. This standard does not apply to systems with voltages below 50 V. d.c. or 35 V a.c. or, to the construction and safety of the equipment associated appliances and accessories.
Electric Fence Certificate of Compliance (COC)
- Every user or lessor of an electric fence, as the case may be, shall have an original valid Electric Fence System Certificate of Compliance.
- The Electric Fence System Certificate of Compliance shall be accompanied by a test report in a format approved by the Chief Inspector.
- Certificates are transferable, provided the certificate is less than two years old.
- Every user or lessor of an electric fence, as the case may be, shall on request produce the Electric Fence System Certificate of Compliance for that installation to an inspector.
- Where an addition, alteration, replacement or change has been effected to an electric fence installation for which an Electric Fence System Certificate of Compliance was previously issued, the user or lessor of such installation shall obtain a certificate for at least the addition, alteration, replacement or change.
- A registered person shall only issue an Electric Fence System Certificate of Compliance which has a unique number obtainable from the Chief Inspector.