NEWSLETTER 2 September 2013
Dear SAFHE members,
Following a successful conference hosted by the Southern Regional branch e...
NEWSLETTER 2 September 2013
National Core Standards
SOUTH AFRICAN FEDERATION OF HOSPITAL ENGINEERING
SUID AFRIKAANSE FEDER...
NEWSLETTER 2 September 2013
SANS committees continued
SOUTH AFRICAN FEDERATION OF HOSPITAL ENGINEERING
SUID AFRIKAANSE FED...
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SAFHE Newsletter 2 September 2013

  1. 1. NEWSLETTER 2 September 2013 Dear SAFHE members, Following a successful conference hosted by the Southern Regional branch earlier this year, SAFHE and its members have been actively involved in a number of important industry initiatives. Some that are of interest are highlighted in this newsletter. Most urgently we have been provided valuable but limited opportunity to provide feedback regarding:  DHET’s call-to action – meeting the demand for scarce skills, and  National Core Standards. It may also interest you to read:  Participation by a representative in various SANS committees,  Cape Town hosts a green building in healthcare conference,  ECSA Presidents’ Forum Meeting In the next edition of this newsletter look forward to further details on:  2nd UVGI summit provisionally set for 22-23 October 2013, and  Durban to host UIA-PHG (International Union of Architects – Public Health Group) in 2014 Thanks to Ken Wardle and SilverWolf Media the website has been rejuvenated and has lots of new content and news. Check it out at www.safhe.co.za , enjoy and most importantly please submit your interesting and relevant articles to share. Regards Peta de Jager DHET’s call to action The Department of Higher Education and Training has issued a general call to action to all universities, universities of technology, comprehensive universities and colleges as well as all employers and TU’s across the scope of all the sector education and training authorities as well as quality councils and professional bodies to help build the Strategic Integrated Projects (SIP) skills. SOUTH AFRICAN FEDERATION OF HOSPITAL ENGINEERING SUID AFRIKAANSE FEDERASIE VAN HOSPITAALINGENIEURSWESE This is of relevance to SAFHE as SIP 12 pertains to the revitalisation of public hospitals and other health facilities. Specific cadres of management, professionals, associate professionals, service and clerical workers, trades, plant and machine operators and elementary and non-trade production workers have been identified and classified as critically, significantly or [minimally] scarce. According to DHET the challenge is now to respond to the SIPs demand for competent and expert practitioners in the full development pathway – not limited to the classroom setting. Should you be interested in finding out more or nominating occupational team members please e-mail pdejager@csir.co.za urgently for further information.
  2. 2. NEWSLETTER 2 September 2013 National Core Standards SOUTH AFRICAN FEDERATION OF HOSPITAL ENGINEERING SUID AFRIKAANSE FEDERASIE VAN HOSPITAALINGENIEURSWESE The National Health Act, 61 of 2003 emphasises the need to foster good quality health services by developing structures to monitor the compliance of health establishments and agencies with health care standards. Accordingly an Office of Standards Compliance and Inspectorate body have been established. These are mandated to advise the Minister on Health Standards, revise or set standards, monitor compliance, report non- compliance and advise on strategies to improve quality. The Office has established a set of National Core Standards which are intended to:  Develop a common definition of quality care which should be found at all health establishments in South Africa;  Establish a benchmarks against which health establishments can be assessed, gaps identified and strengths appraised; and  Provide for a national certification of health establishments with mandatory standards.  Domain 7: Facilities and Infrastructure is of special significance to SAFHE (although other domains may contain infrastructure and engineering related concerns). Domain 7 addresses buildings and grounds; machinery and utilities; safety and security; hygiene and cleanliness; waste management; linen and laundry; and food services. The Core Standards can be accessed online at http://www.doh.gov.za/docs/notices/2013/NCS_for_Health_FINAL.pdf SAFHE members are invited to provide feedback on the current Core Standards and suggestions for consideration in the next version of standards. Respond in writing by e-mail rlockie@csir.co.za before 12 September 2013. SANS committees – healthcare watch SAFHE member Tobias van Reenen has involved himself in various SANS committees and has submitted the following report on recent developments: SANS 204: Energy Efficiency in Buildings Services Committee: Work being concluded on interpretation and application of XA2 50% hot water rule. XA2 demands that 50% of annual hot water consumed be generated by means other than direct electric heating. The intention of the rule is to save a minimum of 50% of the water heating energy. Unfortunately the wording of the ruling allows for significantly lower savings to be accepted by solar water heating and heat pump installations. It is proposed that the voluntary SANS 204 standard pilot a more stringent requirement of demanding that 50% of the energy required in generating the consumed hot water volume be from means other than direct electric heating. The issue of the viability of induction geysers has also been raised for review. SANS 1544: Working Group Energy Performance Certificates: This committee has established to finalise the drafting of the standard for energy performance certificates. The measurement defined by this standard includes energy consumption data collected from one year of operation of a building but excluding its first year of operation. The energy consumption data included building as well as operational energy and this annual value is then benchmarked against the guidance values from SANS 10400-XA. It is noted that the SANS 10400-XA does not define energy consumption guidelines data for healthcare buildings and the committee would welcome the submission of broad based energy consumption data for evaluation and inclusion. SANS 10400-O: Working Group This committee was established to address a number of concerns regarding the lighting and ventilation requirements contained therein. Of particular concern to healthcare buildings is the methodology adopted by and contents of Table 2.
  3. 3. NEWSLETTER 2 September 2013 SANS committees continued SOUTH AFRICAN FEDERATION OF HOSPITAL ENGINEERING SUID AFRIKAANSE FEDERASIE VAN HOSPITAALINGENIEURSWESE SANS 10400-O: Working Group This committee was established to address a number of concerns regarding the lighting and ventilation requirements contained therein. Of particular concern to healthcare buildings is the methodology adopted by and contents of Table 2. Other work groups to be established: Fire protection requirements in healthcare buildings. Green building in health facilities SAFHE member Michael Tladi recently convened GREEN BUILDING DESIGN FOR HEALTH FACILITIES CONFERENCE at the One & Only in Cape Town. Experts in health facilities and local government focussed on how to make hospitals more energy efficient, manage infection control and utilize alternative energy supplies. 150 delegates attended the event, mainly from the Western Cape. The organiser, an infectiously enthusiastic young engineer indicated that he plans to arrange this as an annual event. The event was sponsored by Samsung. View a video clip on Concrete TV at http://www.concrete.tv/categories/events/665-what-is-green- design-for-the-health-sector ECSA Presidents’ Forum Meeting Ken Wardle, representing SAFHE went through the proposed ECSA Guideline of fees and noted the following. The Guidelines of Services have not changed from the Previous Guidelines. However the fee calculation was changed. Previously the fee for Electrical and Mechanical works was based upon a chart with a proposed Fee based upon a value of Works up until 2012. That is, for a R 10m project recommended fee for Electrical and Mechanical in Building Projects was between R 6,3 m – R 12,85m. Primary fee R 662,000.00 ( or 10,5 % for the first R 6,300,000.00).Secondary Fee of 8% for the difference between (R 10,000,000.00 and R 6,300,000.00)= R 3,700.000.00. So 8% of R 3,700,000.00 = R 296,000.00. The total fee for R 10m project would be R 662,000.00 + R 296,000.00 = R 958,000.00 or average of 9,58 %. The new calculation is based upon redefined categories (Category F). So for R10m Project recommended fee scale is now 11% or an increase of +- 10% increase in fee. For R 1m old Fee scale between R 512,000.00 and R 1,280.000.00 the primary fee would be R 64,000.00 ( or 12,5 % for the first R 512,000.00). The secondary Fee of 12.5% for the difference between (R 512,000.00 and R 1,000,000.00) = R 488,000.00. So 12.5% of R 488,000.00 = R 61,000.00.00. So total fee for R 1m project would be R 64,000.00 + R 61,000.00 = R 125,000.00.00 or average of 12.5 %. On the new scale recommended fee would be 14% or an increase of 11.5% increase on fee. For Electrical and Mechanical works for Hospitals would apply recommending a fee between 11 - 14% compared to 2012 scale of 9.58% for a Project Value of R 10.m. As the cost of Works decreases or increases the percentage fee should be adjusted up or down. In conclusion it was confirmed that the proposed 2014 Fee Guideline is little more complicated than up to 2012 but it is workable and has recommended a increased percentage on the fee of +- 10%. As fees are a negotiation process between the Client and the Engineer the Guideline is not binding. SAFHE therefore posed no objection to the Proposed 2014 New Fee Guideline. For further info see www.safhe.co.za

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