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Hazardous Substances Act, 1973 (Act No. 15 of 1973)

Declaration of Group III Hazardous Substances



I, Elizabeth Hendrina Venter, Minister of National Health, hereby--

a) declare, in terms of section 2(1)(b) and (3)(b) of the Hazardous Substances Act, 1973 (Act No. 15 of 1973), any electronic product listed in the Schedule to be a Group III hazardous substance, with effect from 1 July 1991; and
b) withdraw Government Notices Nos. R. 2518 of 24 December 1976 and R. 689 of 14 April 1989 with effect from the said date.




1) Any electronic product generating X-rays or other ionizing beams, electrons, neutrons or other particle radiation, namely--
i) any diagnostic X-ray unit, including medical, dental and veterinary units;
ii) any therapeutic X-ray unit;
iii) any X-ray unit used for industrial, research, educational, security or any other purposes;
iv) any electron accelerator;
v) any heavy particle accelerator;
vi) any neutron generator;
vii) any electron microscope;
viii) any visual display unit, including any television receiving apparatus and video display monitoring system, that employs a cathode ray tube with an accelerating voltage exceeding 15 kV; and
ix) any cold cathode gas discharge tube producing X-rays, including those producing X-rays, including those for teaching X-ray principles, and high voltage switchgear.


2) Any electronic product generating electromagnetic radiation in the ultraviolet region, namely--
i) any sunlamp designed for the tanning of the skin of a human being;
ii) any therapeutic lamp;
iii) any high-intensity mercury-vapour discharge lamp;
iv) any intra-oral curing device; and
v) any ultraviolet A lamp, including "black lights".


3) Any electronic product emitting coherent electromagnetic radiation produced by stimulated emission, namely all laser products that emit radiation in excess of 0,8 x 10 -9 watts in the wavelength region up to and including 400 nm or that emit radiation in excess of 0,39 x 10 -6 watts in the wavelength region greater than 400 nm.


4) Any electronic product emitting electromagnetic radiation in the infrared region, namely--
i) any industrial heating and drying lamp installation exceeding 200 watts; and
ii) any medical heating lamp exceeding 200 watts.


5) Any electronic product emitting microwaves, radio or low-frequency electromagnetic radiation, namely--
i) any microwave oven;
ii) any microwave diathermy unit;
iii) any shortwave diathermy unit;
iv) any electrosurgical unit;
v) any medical magnetic stimulator;
vi) any neuro-muscular stimulator;
vii) any radio-frequency generating device, system or installation, including radars, generating a radio-frequency output exceeding 200 watts RMS;
viii) any low power radio-frequency generating device, system or installation, including citizen band radios, land mobile transmitters, marine transmitters and two-way (walkie talkie) radios, the normal operation of which entails close proximity to the operator or third parties and which generates a radio-frequency output exceeding 25 watts RMS;
ix) any microwave generating device, system or installation, including radars, generating a microwave output exceeding 400 watts RMS;
x) any radio-frequency sealer;
xi) any magnetic resonance imaging device; and
xii) any blood warmer.


6) Any electronic product emitting ultrasonic vibrations, namely--
i) any diagnostic ultrasound appliance;
ii) any therapeutic ultrasound appliance;
iii) any surgical ultrasound appliance;
iv) any lithotripsy appliance; and
v) any pest and rodent control appliance.


7) Any electronic product used for medical, dental or veterinary applications employing radio-active nuclides, namely--
i) any gamma camera;
ii) any whole body counter;
iii) any position emission tomograph;
iv) any linear scanner; and
v) any single photon emission computerised tomograph (SPECT).


8) Any high risk electronic product used for medical, dental or veterinary applications, namely--
i) any intra-aortic balloon pump;
ii) any electronically controlled ventilator;
iii) any electronically controlled anaesthetic machine;
iv) any cardiac pacemaker;
v) any intracardiac electrocardiographic and phonocardiographic monitor;
vi) any electroconvulsive therapy unit;
vii) any photocoagulator;
viii) any infusion pump;
ix) any syringe pump;
x) any infant incubator;
xi) any infant transport incubator;
xii) any hyperbaric therapy chamber;
xiii) any hemodialysis device;
xiv) xiany peritoneal dialysis machine;
xv) any heart-lung bypass (perfusion) device;
xvi) any shockwave lithotripsy device;
xvii) any autotransfusion device;
xviii) any high pressure injection device;
xix) any cryosurgical device; and
xx) any transcutaneous Oz/COz monitor.


9) Any medium risk electronic product used for medical, dental or veterinary applications, namely--
i) any audiometer;
ii) any ambulatory electrocardiographic recorder;
iii) any electrocardiograph;
iv) any electroencephalograph;
v) any electromyograph;
vi) any cardiac catheterisation laboratory system;
vii) any physiological monitor (ECG, pressure, respiration, temperature);
viii) any phonocardiograph;
ix) any non-invasive bloodpressure monitor;
x) any cardiac output computer;
xi) any plethysmograph;
xii) any evoked response device;
xiii) any pulmonary function analyser;
xiv) any bloodgas analyser;
xv) any infusion controller;
xvi) any interferential device;
xvii) any capnograph; and
xviii) any diagnostic exercise device, including treadmill and cycle ergometers.