About ELPA

ABOUT ELPA

 EARTHING AND LIGHTNING PROTECTION ASSOCIATION

EARTHING AND LIGHTNING PROTECTION ASSOCIATION

The Earthing and Lightning Protection Association (ELPA) has been formed to protect the consumer, establish a uniform interpretation of the codes of practice, and help to regulate and advise the lightning protection industry.

The formal establishment of ELPA is an important addition to the standard of safety in the South African lightning and protection industry. ELPA will offer training and certification of qualified designers, installers and inspectors, with recognition by SAQA, Wits University, SAIEE and others.

ELPA has been established as a non-profit organisation of voluntary membership.

BACKGROUND TO THE FORMATION OF ELPA-CORE PRINCIPLES

Engineers

  • Seminars have clearly showcased the need for the sharing of knowledge on this topic.
  • Tenders are being issued without adequate briefing, for example no BOM or conceptual design. The main responsibility frequently falls to the contractor.

Contractors

  • Training has displayed a clear interest from contractors who want to understand more about lighting protection. It is considered by too many to be a ‘mystic science’, when in fact it is a skill/trade which can be taught.
  • The present guidelines and standards have added confusion to the contractor and as a result, the Certificate of Compliance (COC), which is set out by legislation, is being bypassed.
  • Accountability is needed to uplift the industry.

Lightning awareness

 

  • South Africa experiences some 24 million lightning strikes annually across the country as a whole.
  • Conservative estimates suggest that we have some 500 related fatalities every year.
  • This fatality rate from lightning is one of the highest in the world and could, in fact, be even higher when we take into account possible unrecorded lightning deaths in rural areas, and similarly the deaths from lightning of homeless people.
  • However, far too few people are aware of what safety measures to take during a lightning storm, and how to protect themselves. This lack of knowledge can lead to fatalities.

Insurance issues

  • Seminars have clearly showcased the need for the sharing of knowledge on this topic.
  • Tenders are being issued without adequate briefing, for example no BOM or conceptual design. The main responsibility frequently falls to the contractor.

WHAT IS ELPA?

  • A voluntary registry (member) association
  • A non-profit organisation
  • Information dissemination body
  • Self mandated (regulating/inspecting) body

MEMBERS INVOLVED

OUR BOARD (NMC)
OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (NEC)
COLLABORATING ASSOCIATIONS