SAQCC- Fire offices closed until further notice

WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. The office is currently closed with all staff working from home for the foreseeable future. The office telephone line is forwarded to Rosemary directly at home. If you wish to contact Craig in respect of 1475 – his number is 068 073 8291 – and if you wish to contact Meryl in respect of D&GS – her number is 068 071 7304

SAQCC Fire – 1475 registered trainees: Unfortunately, due to the Lockdown caused by Covid-19, it has been agreed that any trainee registered between 1st November 2019 and 31st March 2020 will be required to do a minimum of 7 months practical training and not the normal 6 months.   Due to the extraordinary circumstances pervading at this time, there will be no exceptions to this ruling.    

Small Business Development directions on implementation of provisions relating to essential services during Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown

COVID-19 OHS Act Measures

The Minister of Employment and Labour has issued a Direction setting out the measures that employers are required to take to prevent the transmission of COVID19 in workplaces. The Direction applies to all workplaces covered by the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (OHSA). It does not apply to healthcare facilities, which are regulated by a Direction issued by the Minister of Health.

The Direction contains the basic measures that employers must take to prevent the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the workplace. Businesses that are re-opening must put these measures in place before restarting work. A risk assessment must be undertaken to adapt the provisions of the Direction to the requirements of individual workplaces. The Direction does not reduce the existing obligations on employers in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993.

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SAQCC Fire advises that it is not in the position to interpret the Disaster management Act, its Regulations or the different levels of lock down. The main issue that the SAQCC Fire DID clear with the government is that companies rendering fire prevention services can operate as essential service providers and this can be rendered to operational premises of those clients allowed to operate under level 5 and 4.

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The SAQCC-Fire has:
  1. Established a MOI (Memorandum of Incorporation) which provides assurance that, no matter who is elected to the committee, the management has a set of rules it shall follow. This ensures that the SAQCC-Fire is not an old man’s club where the rules can be changed as some person feels like it.
  2. Created a representative body (SAQCC-Fire committee), which is made up of elected Directors and Executive members. The Directors and committee members are voted in by the technicians or their representative, and their main purpose is to serve fire technicians.
    • The representative body provides technicians with access to major forums, e.g. DEL, SANS, NRCS, PER, SANAS etc. This gives technicians, and the industry in general, more say in decision making.
    • There is a full time GM. This ensures technicians have a point of contact for advice, assistance or to lay complaints.
      Note: Committee members offer their time freely without remuneration. The committee members are representative of a wide range of companies and expertise. Technicians therefore have free access to some of the top ‘fire brains’ in the country.

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