GEIA has operated as an Approved Electrical Inspection Authority accredited by the
South African Department of Labour (Sept.1999 - Apr. 2013) and is currently preparing
for the implementation of an operational standard through SANAS (South African National
Accreditation System), as a private Electrical Inspection Body
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As a result of the changes to legislation in 1992, the Department of Labour introduced
sweeping internal management changes, which resulted in the demise of their Inspectorate
to a very large extent.
Simultaneously, the Municipal authorities downgraded their Inspectorate, which left
the Electrical Contracting Industry, to regulate itself, based on the principals
incorporated in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Act No 85 of 1993.
It was soon discovered that industry was unable to regulate its activities satisfactorily.
As a result of this, an initiative was implemented whereby the Department of Labour,
established the criteria within which Approved Inspection Authorities could investigate
incidents and complaints on their behalf.
GEIA has been operating as an Approved Inspection Authority within the framework
of the Regulations since 1999. As with many Government Departments, service delivery
by the Department of Labour has been burdened with the lack of adequate resources
in the enforcement of Regulations. This has left the general public at the mercy
of many unscrupulous electrical contractors.
The only effective avenue for the public to deal with invalid Certificates of Compliance
obtained during the property sale process is by enforcing their civil rights in terms
of the Property Sale Contract.
GEIA is currently preparing for the implementation of an operational standard through
SANAS (South African National Accreditation System), as a private Electrical Inspection