New storage tank standard

07 February 2018 | Web Article Number: ME20188545

Construction, Civil & Structural Engineering
Plastics & Rubber
Pumps, Valves, Pipes & Fittings

THE Association of Rotational Moulders of Southern Africa (ARMSA) has announced the publication of a South African National Standard: SANS 1731:2017 for polyethylene chemical and water storage tanks, developed in conjunction with the South African Bureau of Standard (SABS).

According to the association, the new standard is proof that the polyethylene tank you purchase has been properly designed and manufactured to be fit for purpose for the length of its warranty life.

“It compels tank manufacturers to conform to world best practise and it protects members of the broader construction, architecture, plumbing, landscaping and built industries as well as consumers, against tanks of lesser quality,” said ARMSA Chairperson Wayne Wiid.

Productivity Engineering and Services Consultants (PESC) an independent third party auditing company appointed by ARMSA will regularly audit tank manufacturers who choose to comply.

If compliant, PESC will issue a certificate giving independent assurance of a manufacturer's claim that their products meet the SANS 1731:2017 criteria. Compliant tank manufacturers will be able to market their compliance with an ARMSA /SANS approved sticker on their tanks as well as using the certificate and sticker in their general marketing programmes.

“Any tank manufacturer can claim to meet the SANS 1731:2017 standard, but without formal certification there is no guarantee,” cautioned Wiid. “We therefore urge all stakeholders and home owners to request the PESC certificate from the manufacturer prior to purchase for peace of mind that tanks delivered to sites or homes have been thoroughly tested and certified.”

Any queries relating to the adoption of the standard or information on compliant manufacturers can be sent info@armsa.co.za or to the appointed tank standard auditor francois@pescon.co.za.

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