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


Group I to IV Hazardous Substances Regulations

Group IV Hazardous Substances

Regulations relating to Group IV Hazardous Substances

Chapter 3 : Conditions Relating to Activities with regard to Group IV Hazardous Substances

15. Medical examinations and health monitoring


1) Every holder of an authority shall open a separate health record for—
a) every registered radiation worker in his employ and for every radiation worker he intends to register as such;
b) every employee who in the course of his employment with that holder as a radiation worker or otherwise, or any other person, except a patient, who in the course of any activity of that holder has received or is suspected to have received an overexposure of ionising radiation from a Group IV hazardous substance;
c) every employee of that holder in respect of whom a medical practitioner, or other person, has recommended to that holder special conditions based on scientific medical grounds regarding the employment of such employee with such holder;
d) every employee referred to in regulation 20(2); and
e) every other employee who in the course of his employment with that holder should, in the opinion of the holder, be subject to health monitoring as a result of the employee's involvement with a Group IV hazardous substance.


2) Such health record shall remain in the possession of the holder concerned and shall be kept by the holder for the prescribed period, except when it is being used for the prescribed medical examinations or such other medical examination of an employee as may be deemed necessary by the holder or as may be requested by an employee for purposes of examination.


3) A holder shall check or cause such health record to be checked regularly, but at least once per month, and shall take any action consequent on any entry in that record in consultation with the employee concerned or with any other person affected by such action.


4) Where a medical practitioner has made a note or has certified by any other means in a health record that an employee may not or should not be involved with ionising radiation at work or that such employee may or should be involved only in accordance with conditions specified by that medical practitioner in the health record or any other document, the holder concerned shall act in accordance with such note or other certification.


5) A holder shall, at his own expense, arrange for the medical examination and health monitoring of the Persons referred to in subregulation (1) in cases—
a) of medical examinations pertaining to the registration or deregistration of radiation workers;
b) where a radiation incident is suspected to have taken place or has taken place;
c) where a medical practitioner deems it necessary;
d) where the holder or the Director-General deems it necessary; or
e) where a radiation worker suspects that his health has been or will be detrimentally affected by occupational factors and such worker deems a medical examination necessary and requests such examination from the holder concerned.


6) At the request of any person affected by an entry in a health record and with reasonable notice, a holder shall furnish to such person a copy of the remarks, notes and entries in a health record regarding such person.