The Earthing and Lightning Protection Association (ELPA) has been formed to bring the industry together, to protect the consumer and to establish a uniform interpretation of the codes of practice by aligning the codes of practice in regulations, standards and legislation to effective protection of lives and property. To ensure that the industry has a recognisable framework within which to operate.
The formal establishment of ELPA is an important addition to the standard of safety in the South African Lightning Protection industry. ELPA will offer certification of qualified designers, installers and inspectors, in collaboration with regulating bodies, supporting tertiary education through coordination (lead by Wits University) to develop a training apprenticeship at all levels, supporting Electrical Engineers through SAIEE, supporting Architects through their associations, structural and consulting engineers and others all through their representative bodies – to be updated here.
ELPA has been established as a non-profit organisation of voluntary membership. The success of ELPA is thanks to the participation of those members.
“For too long lightning protection myths have been ‘protected’ by the few who stood to gain through them. It is encouraging to see a move towards dissemination of knowledge and legislation on this topic. It is the first time in my long career that I have attended such an informative presentation on this subject. I believe you are providing an invaluable service to this industry.”