Electric Fence System Certificate

07 Jan 2013

Recently certain parts of the Electrical Machinery Regulations (issued in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act) became operational.

In the meantime, provision should be made for an appropriate clause in a sale agreement either to obtain such certificate if none is in existence, or to transfer the existing certificate to the buyer.

Of relevance to the property industry are the provisions that require the issuing of a Certificate of Compliance in respect of electric fencing.

The wording of the regulation is complicated, but in essence it requires that any user or lessor of an electric fence system must be in possession of an Electric Fence System Certificate.

The good news is that:

1. It is not required for installations effected before 1 October 2012, unless the installation was changed in the meantime, or if there was a change in ownership after this date;

2. The Department granted a reprieve and now require compliance with these provisions only by 1 December 2012 and

3. The certificate is transferable; so once obtained, it can be transferred from one owner to a next.

The Department of Labour advised that there are still teething problems with the implementation of these provisions and it appears likely that further amendments to the requirements may still be forthcoming.

In the meantime, provision should be made for an appropriate clause in a sale agreement either to obtain such certificate if none is in existence, or to transfer the existing certificate to the buyer. – Nicholas Hayes

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