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Twenty one sets of regulations form an inseparable part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. These regulations provide specifications and requirements towards the area that they govern. Have a look at the following table, it provides a summary of the current OHS Act regulations.

 

 

Health related regulations

Scope of application

Regulations

Asbestos Regulations,

2001

These Regulations shall apply to every employer and self-employed person who carries out work at a workplace that may expose any person to asbestos dust at that workplace

3. Notification of asbestos work

4. Exposure to asbestos

5. Information and training

6. Duties of persons who may be exposed

7. Assessment of potential exposure

8. Air monitoring

9. Medical surveillance

10. Respirator zone

11. Control of exposure to asbestos

12. Cleanliness of premises and plant

13. Control of exposure to asbestos of persons other than employees

14. Asbestos that forms part of structure of workplace, building, plant or premises

15. Asbestos cement sheeting and related products

16. Records

17. Personal protective equipment and facilities

18. Maintenance of control measures

19. Labeling, packaging, transportation and storage

20. Disposal of asbestos

21. Demolition

22. Prohibition

Hazardous Biological Agent Regulations, 2001

These regulations shall apply to every employer and self-employed person at a workplace where:

a) HBA is deliberately produced, processed, used, handled, stored or transported; or

 

 

b) an incident, for which an indicative list is given in Annexure A to this Regulation occurs that does not involve a deliberate intention to work with a HBA but may result in persons being exposed to HBA in the performance of his or her work.

3. Classification of biological agents 

4. Information and training 

5. Duties of persons who might be exposed to HBA

6. Risk assessment by employer or self-employed person 

7. Monitoring exposure at workplace 

8. Medical surveillance 

9. Records 

10. Control of exposure to HBA 

11. Personal protective equipment and facilities

12. Maintenance of control measures, equipment and facilities

13. Prohibitions

14. Labeling, packaging, transporting and storage

15. Special measures for health and veterinary isolation facilities

16. Special measures for laboratories, animal rooms and industrial processes

17. Disposal of HBA

Hazardous Chemical Substances Regulations, 1995

These regulations shall apply to an employer or a self employed person who carries out work at a workplace which may expose any person to the intake of an HCS at the workplace.

 

3. Information and training

4. Duties of persons who may be exposed to hazardous chemical substances

5. Assessment of potential exposure

6. Air monitoring

7. Medical surveillance

8. Respirator zone

9. Records

9A. Handling of hazardous chemical substances

10. Control of exposure to HCS

11. Personal protective equipment and facilities

12. Maintenance of control measures

13. Prohibitions

14. Labeling, packaging, transportation and storage

15. Disposal of hazardous chemical substances

Lead Regulations,

2001

These regulations shall apply to every employer and self- employed person at a workplace where lead is produced, processed, used, handled or stored in a form in which it can be inhaled, ingested or absorbed by any person in that workplace. 

 

3. Exposure to airborne lead

4. Information and training

5. Duties of persons who may be exposed

6. Assessment of potential exposure

7. Air monitoring

8. Medical surveillance

9. Respirator zone

10. Records

11. Control of exposure to lead

12. Personal protective equipment and facilities

13. Cleanliness of premises and plant

14. Maintenance of control measures

15. Prohibitions

16. Labeling, packaging, transportation and storage

17. Disposal of lead waste

Noise Induced Hearing Loss Regulation,

2003

These regulations shall apply to an employer or self-employed person who, at any workplace under his or her control, carries out work that may expose any person at that workplace to noise at or above the noise-rating limit.

3. Exposure to noise

4. Information and training

5. Duties of persons who may be exposed to noise

6. Assessment of potential noise exposure

7. Noise monitoring

8. Medical surveillance

9. Noise zone

10. Control of noise exposure

11. Record

12. Hearing protective equipment

13. Maintenance of control measures

General regulations

Scope of application

Regulations

Environmental Regulations for Workplaces, 1987

These regulations in general refers to the physical conditions of the work environment

2. Thermal requirements

3. Lighting

4. Windows

5. Ventilation

6. Housekeeping

8. Precautions against flooding

9. Fire precautions and means of egress

Facilities Regulations, 1990

These regulations in general refers to sanitary facilities, toilets, bathrooms, showers, dining facilities, drinking water, certain prohibitions as well as the conditions of these facilities that forms part of the work environment

2. Sanitation

3. Facilities for safekeeping

4. Change-rooms

5. Dining-rooms

6. Prohibition

7. Drinking water

8. Seats

9. Condition of room and facilities

 

General Administrative Regulations, 2003

These regulations in general refers to sanitary facilities, toilets, bathrooms, showers, dining facilities, drinking water, certain prohibitions as well as the conditions of these facilities that forms part of the work environment

2. Access to premises

3. Exemption

4. Copy of the Act

5. Health and safety committee

6. Negotiations and consultations before designation of health and safety representatives

7. Designation of health and safety representatives

9. Recording and investigation of incidents

10. Witness at inquiry

11. Returns

Draft General Health and Safety Regulations, 2005

These regulations refers to general health and safety matters or requirements set for the work environment

2. Personal protective equipment and facilities

3. Intoxication

4. Display of substituted notices and signs

5. Admittance of persons

6. Prevention of transmission of HIV, Hepatitis Virus and other Blood-borne diseases

7. First aid, emergency equipment, and procedures

8. Use and storage of flammable liquids

9. Work in confined spaces

10. Work in elevated positions

11. Working in danger of engulfment

12. Stacking of articles

13. Welding, flame cutting, soldering and similar operations

14. Operating trains

15. Ladders

16. Ramps

Electrical regulations

Scope of application

Regulations

Electrical Installation Regulations, 2009

These Regulations shall apply to every user or lesser of an electrical installation as well as Approved inspection authorities.

2. Responsibility for electrical installations

3. Approved inspection authorities for electrical installations

4. Functions of approved inspection authorities for electrical installations

5. Design and construction

6. Electrical contractor

7. Certificate of compliance

8. Commencement and permission to connect installation work

9. Issuing of certificate of compliance

10. Disputes

11. Application for registration as a registered person

12. Withdrawal of registration and approval

13. Substitution of lost, damaged or destroyed certificate

14. Fees payable

Electrical Machinery Regulations,

1988

These Regulations shall apply to every employer, employee and self-employed person who carries out work whilst using electrical machinery at a workplace.

2. Safety equipment

3. Work on disconnected electrical machinery

4. Notices

5. Switch and transformer premises

6. Electrical control gear

7. Switchboards

8. Electrical machinery in hazardous locations

9. Portable electric tools

10. Portable electric lights

11. Electric fences

12. Inspection Authorities

13. Earthing

14. Supports

15. Clearances of power lines

16. Protective Supports

17. Insulators and Fittings

18. Conductors

19. Overhead service connections and overhead service conductors

20. Crossings

21. Bare conductors on premises

22. Schemes to be submitted to the Postmaster General

Machinery regulations

Scope of application

Regulations

Driven Machinery Regulations, , 1988

These Regulations shall apply to every employer,employee and self-employed person who carries out work whilst using driven machinery at a workplace

2. Revolving Machinery

3. Circular Saws

4. Band Saws and Band Knives

5. Wood Planing Machines

6. Wood Moulding and Mortising Machines

7. Sanding Machines

8. Grinding Machines

9. Shears, Guillotines, Presses

10. Slitting Machines

11. Mixing, Agitating and Similar Machines

12. Rolls and Calenders

13. Washing Machines, Centrifugal Extractors, Etc

14. Air Compressors

15. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Installations

16. Transportation Plants

17. Goods Hoists

18. Lifting Machines and Lifting Tackle

19. Builder's Hoists

20. Explosive Powered Tools

General Machinery Regulations, 1988

These Regulations shall apply to every employer, employee and self-employed person who carries out work whilst using machinery at a workplace.

2. Supervision of machinery 

3. Safeguarding of machinery

4. Operation of machinery 

5. Working on moving or electrically alive machinery

6. Devices to start and stop machinery

7. Reporting of incidents in connection with machinery

8. Notifiable substances

9. Information regarding regulations 

Lift, Escalator and Passenger Conveyor Regulations, 1994

These Regulations shall apply to every employer and self-employed who installs, uses and have lifts, escalators and passenger conveyors in their workplace.

2. Permission to install and use

3. Design and Construction

4. Particulars of lifts, escalators or passenger conveyors

5. Inspections and Tests

6. Maintenance

7. Record keeping

 

Pressure Equipment Regulations, 2009

These regulations shall apply to the design, manufacture, operation, repair, modification, maintenance, inspection and testing of pressure equipment with a design pressure equal to or greater than 50 kPa, in terms of the relevant health and safety standard incorporated into these Regulations.

3. General Requirements

4. Duties of manufactures

5. Duties of importers and sellers

6. Duties of users

7. Approved and duties of approved inspections authorities.

8. Registration of steam generator

9. Pressure equipment marking

10. Pressure safety accessories

11. Inspection and test

12. Risk based inspection

13. Repairs and modifications

14. Records

15. Access

16. Door interlocks

17. Gas reticulation equipment and systems

18. Transportable gas containers

19. Fire extinguishers

Specific regulations

Scope of application

Regulations

Regulations concerning the Certificate of Competency, 1990

Certificate of Competency: A certificate of competency as a mechanical or electrical engineer. Certificate will be issued by Chief Inspector with the recommendations of the Commission of Examiners

2. Issue of Certificates

3. Suspension or cancellation of Certificates

4. Substitution of lost, damaged or destroyed Certificates

5. Commission of Examiners

6. Qualifying examination

7. Acceptance as candidate

Draft Amendments to the Construction Regulations, 2010

These regulations applies to all persons involved in construction work

3. Application for a permit to perform construction work.

4. Duties of client

5. Duties of Principal Contractor and Contractor

6. Supervision of construction work

7. Risk assessment

8. Fall protection

9. Structures

10. Formwork and support work

11. Excavation work

12. Demolition work

13. Tunneling

14. Scaffolding

15. Suspended platforms

16. Boatswain's chairs

17. Material hoists

18. Bulk mixing plant

19. Explosive powered tools

20. Cranes

21. Construction vehicles and mobile plant

22. Electrical installations and machinery on construction sites

23. Use and temporary storage of flammable liquids on construction sites

24. Water environments

25. Housekeeping and general safeguarding on construction sites

26. Stacking and storage on construction sites

27. Fire precautions on construction sites

28. Construction employees’ facilities

29. Construction health and safety technical committees

30. Approved Inspection Authorities

 

Diving Regulations, 2001

These regulations basically shall apply to all diving operations and all persons engaged in diving operations in the Republic of South Africa or the territorial waters thereof.

3. Training of divers

4. Designated medical practitioners, medical examinations and medical certificates of fitness

5. Diving supervisor

6. Operations manual

7. Control of diving operations

8. Decompression

9. Compression chambers and bells

10. Plant and equipment

11. Council for Diving

12. Rules, syllabi and examinations

13. Registration as learner diver

14. Registration as a diver

15. Registration as a diving supervisor

16. Applications

17. Withdrawal of certificate of registration

18. Fees payable

 

 

Explosives Regulations, 2003

These regulations shall apply to any employer, self-employed person or user who operates an explosives workplace for the purpose of manufacturing, testing, storing or using explosives. 

3. Classification of explosives for manufacturing

4. Licensing of explosives workplaces

5. Non-detonatable and non-sensitised explosives

6. Danger area

7. Danger buildings

8. Safeguarding of explosives workplace

9. Design, construction and manufacture

10. Importation of explosives

11. Safety distances

12. Supervision of explosives workplace

13. Safe handling of explosives

14. Emergencies

15. Incidents

16. Closure of explosives workplaces

17. National Explosives Council

18. Approved inspection authorities

19. Standards of training

Major Hazard Installation Regulations, 1993

These regulations shall apply to employers, self employed persons and users, who have on their premises, either permanently or temporarily, a major hazard installation or a quantity of a substance which may pose a risk that could affect the health and safety of employees and the public.

3. Notification of Installation

4. Temporary Installations

5. Risk assessment

6. On-site Emergency Plan

7. Reporting of risk and emergency occurrences

8. General Duties of Suppliers

9. General duties of local government

10. Closure

Regulations on Hazardous Work by Children in SA, 2010

These regulations is there to prohibit or place conditions upon the work that may be required, expected or permitted to be performed by child workers, and which is not prohibited in terms of any law.

3. Risk assessment

4. Respiratory hazards

5. Work in elevated position

6. Lifting of heavy weights

7. Work in cold environment

8. Work in hot environment

9. Work in noisy environment

10. Power tools and cutting or grinding equipment

11. Report to department of social development

 

3.3 Incorporation of Health and Safety Standards in Regulations

 

The Minister may by notice in the Gazette incorporate in the regulations any health and safety standard or part thereof.

 

Based on Legislation in section 44, of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

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