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

18. Offences



Any person who--

a) obstructs or hinders an inspector in the performance of his functions or duties or the exercise of his powers under this Act;
b) when an inspector demands of him an explanation or particulars or information relating to a matter within his knowledge, refuses or fails to give such explanation, particulars or information or gives an explanation or particulars or information which is false or misleading knowing it to be false or misleading;
c) otherwise than in the exercise or performance of a power, duty or function under this Act, removes, obliterates, alters, damages, breaks or opens a mark, seal or fastening placed by an inspector on any substance or its package or on or over any door or opening giving access to it;
d) falsely represents himself to be an inspector;
e) retakes any sample or other substance obtained or seized under this Act, or hinders or obstructs the obtaining or seizure of any such sample or other substance;
f) falsely in connection with any grouped hazardous substance makes use of, or applies to any such substance, any warranty, certificate, report, invoice or other document; or
g) for purposes of business or trade makes use of any report or certificate furnished in terms of this Act by an inspector or an analyst,

shall be guilty of an offence.