CRABTREE DEMYSTIFIES THE DEFINITIONS IN NEW SANS REGULATIONS
What is the definition of a new installation? Can we still use the old double switch sockets? Are un-switched sockets legal? What about the dedicated sockets, will these also be changing? These are just some of the questions asked by electrical contractors at Crabtree’s factory tours and at ECA regional meetings – and this is where Crabtree’s Dougie Craig and Brendan Ambrosius demystify the new definitions and answer questions about what is legal and what is not.
Dougie and Brendan have been talking to ECA(SA) members at branch meetings – and at Crabtree’s popular monthly factory tours – about the new and now compulsory SANS 164-2 standard, which became compulsory in January 2018. Says Dougie, “In line with the new SANS regulations, all socket outlet points for new installations shall incorporate at least one socket outlet that complies with the dimensions of SANS 164-2. Socket outlets may also include sockets complying with SANS 164-1.”
He says that trainees, electricians and consultants who attend the factory tour are shown “the whole manufacturing process from the raw plastic materials being moulded and the metal plates being punched to the actual assembly of Crabtree’s products”. Then Dougie and Brendan give a presentation on the new SANS regulations and answer questions, such as: What is the definition of a new installation? What if we are doing a revamp of a building, is that a new installation? Can we still use the old double switch sockets? Are un-switched sockets legal? What about the dedicated sockets, will they be changing? What sockets are available for power skirting?
“These are just some of the questions that are asked, but you, Mr Contractor may have more questions about which sockets that are still legal from 164-1 to 164-6 and which are now illegal, so come to your next regional meeting or contact Crabtree for information about our factory tours,” says Dougie.
Crabtree factory tours have been scheduled for:
- 13 April 2018
- 20 April 2018
- 11 May 2018
- 25 May 2018
More info: +27 (0)11 874 7600