Hazardous Substances Act, 1973 (Act No. 15 of 1973)
To provide for the control of substances which may cause injury or ill-health to or death of human beings by reason of their toxic, corrosive, irritant, strongly sensitizing or flammable nature or the generation of pressure thereby in certain circumstances, and for the control of certain electronic products; to provide for the division of such substances or products into groups in relation to the degree of danger; to provide for the prohibition and control of the importation, manufacture, sale, use, operation, application, modification, disposal or dumping of such substances and products; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
The provisions of this Act relating to Group I hazardous substances came into operation on 25 March, 1997.
The provisions of this Act relating to Group II hazardous substances are deemed to have come into operation on 21 December, 1984.
The provisions of this Act relating to Group III hazardous substances came into operation on 24 December, 1976.
The provisions of this Act relating to Group IV hazardous substances came into operation on 1 March, 1993.