THE ASSOCIATION (EARTHING AND LIGHTNING PROTECTION ASSOCIATION NPC)
The Earthing and Lightning Protection Association (ELPA) is a non-profit company registered with the CIPC in May 2017 (reg 2017/342017/07).
A Board of Directors from the membership is appointed in accordance with the ELPA Constitution adopted in February 2019 and lead by the National Director.
A National Director facilitates the operations of ELPA in accordance with decisions of the Board of Directors and is supported by an Executive Committee and Finance Committee appointed by and from the Board of Directors.
The Earthing and Lightning Protection Association (ELPA) has been formed to bring the industry together. We aim to protect the consumer and to establish a uniform interpretation of the codes of practice. We will do this by aligning the codes of practice in regulations, standards and legislation to the adequate protection of lives and property. We will ensure that the industry has a recognisable framework within which to operate.
The formal establishment of ELPA is a vital addition to the standard of safety in the South African Lightning Protection industry.
ELPA offers certification examinations to competent designers, installers and inspectors, in collaboration with regulating bodies.
ELPA supports tertiary education through coordination with tertiary establishments in developing a training apprenticeship on all levels.
ELPA is forming partnerships with other representative organisations including but not limited to the Engineering, Architectural and Insurance industries to protect lives and property.
ELPA as a non-profit organisation has membership which is voluntary but for certification of qualifications is compulsory. The success of ELPA and South African industry as a whole are reliant on the participation of ELPA members – both individual and companies.
ELPA will anticipate changes in the needs of South Africans and accommodate cost effective solutions aligned to working methods as dictated by the South African National Standards SANS 62305, SANS 62561, 10142 and 10313.
As a regulatory support body ELPA requires compliance with the ELPA code of ethics from all certified practitioners in support of delivering an effective lightning protection system to all clients.
As a non-profit organisation, ELPA will concentrate on measures that best suite South Africa and its people. Appropriate skills development and sponsorship programmes to develop previously disadvantaged communities will be considered in an effort to accelerate the propogation of sound knowledge of the threat of lightning to both people and property. Particular concern exists about the appropriate lightning protection of schools and hospitals in the rural areas.