Large energy users would be given rebates for implementing energy efficiency measures. The South African National Accreditation System (Sanas) has fast tracked training of assessors to accredit energy efficiency (EE) measurement and verification (M&V) agencies.
Industrial users would have to use Sanas accredited M&V agencies to ensure energy rebate applications. M&V agencies are advised to consider Sanas accreditation.
Rebate incentive measures are intended to reduce energy usage, until Eskom new build programmes come into effect and base load electricity supply is increased.
An amendment to the Tax Act, agreed to in principle indicates that government is ready to implement an income tax rebate allowance system. Users would be entitled to claim rebates on EE savings, resulting from income generating production activities.
Relevant regulations and claims procedures would be published in 2011 or 2012.
Energy saving metrics and auditing is described in a voluntary South African National Standard, titled SANS 50010: 2011; Measurement and verification of energy savings. The standard gains statutory status when large energy users, like mines and industries, apply for tax rebates based on their energy savings.
• The new standard can be purchased from the SABS Information Services department at firstname.lastname@example.org or from a web store at http://www.sabs.co.za/index.php?page=standardspurchase
• For Sanas accreditation of EE M&V agencies, contact Ms Azra Ahmed at email@example.com
Other new SA legislation is reported below.
==== ENVIRO LEGISLATION 2011
Air quality concentration standard set
The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs will establish a proposed national ambient air quality standard for particulate matter, of aerodynamic diameter, at less than 2.5 micron metres.
Concentrations would have to be expressed at a standardised temperature of 25˚C and a pressure of 101.3kPa. Assessments of ambient pollutant concentrations must be conducted in terms of the SA National Framework for Air Quality Management.
The public may submit written representations or objections. See General Notice 515 of 5 August 2011, in Government Gazette 34493, under authority of the Air Quality Act, 39 of 2004.
==== CHEMICALS LEGISLATION
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) errors warning
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) often mislead chemicals distributors, retailers, process planners, warehouse officials and users.
Do not Google search for MSDSs, you could find erroneous information, warns Saioh. Legislation requires of employers to ensure safe and health work places, placing the onus on employers to assess hazards and risks posed by materials on site.
Tomes programmes are expensive, and organisations that can not afford professional consultants or professional resources, should do thorough research into material safety data.
Some MSDSs do not disclose components, or label compositions as ‘trade secret’, or omit hazard ratings.
==== LABOUR LEGISLATION 2011
SA HIV AIDS Code published
The draft revised South African Code of Good Practice on HIV and AIDS in the World of Work was published under General Notice 622 in Government Gazette 34593 on 8 September 2011.
This notice replaces Notice 584 of 2011, Gazette 34556 of 26 August 2011. The HIV AIDS code notice is published under authority of the Employment Equity Act, 55 of 1998.
==== TRANSPORT LEGISLATION 2011
Buses and taxis checked in 2011
On 31 August 2011, SA Transport minister Sbu Ndebele instructed traffic officers to stop and check every bus, taxi and truck on South Africa’s roads.
Incidents involving heavy vehicles continue to increase, according to statistics kept by the N3 road toll concession.
Fleet operators estimate that many professional and private drivers are medically unfit to drive due to poor eyesight, and insufficient, inconsequent or corrupt driver testing procedures. Eyesight of some people, including diabetics, could vary according to health, time of day, and fatigue.
Employers should ensure that drivers are medically examined by a company appointed doctor on at least an annual basis, and that drivers’ eyes are checked by an optometrist. Eating regular healthy and small meals is one of the lifestyle imperatives for safe driving.
==== TRANSPORT LEGISLATION 2011
ISO container height unrestricted
Vehicles transporting ISO containers are exempt from the 4.3m height restriction formerly enforced by Regulation 224 of the National Road Traffic Regulations. Notice 776 in Government Gazette 34621 of 20 September 2011 provides for the exemption.
The provision is published in terms of section 75 of the National Road Traffic Act, 1996. No new height restriction is imposed by the exemption, under authority of the National Road Traffic Act of 1996.
PHOTO; Various voluntary energy efficiency rating systems are used in Singapore (device label example), Australia, and many other countries. The label designs typically feature a domed top, indicating day or night sky, rating ticks or horizontal bar graphs, and energy consumption and efficiency information.