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

Regulations Governing the Conveyance of Hazardous Substances by Road Tanker

Chapter 1 Definitions

1. Definitions

 

 

In these regulations "the Act" shall mean the Hazardous Substances Act, 1973 (Act 15 of 1973), and any expression to which a meaning has been assigned in the Act shall bear such meaning and, unless inconsistent with the context--

 

"Annexure"

shall mean an annexure to these regulations bearing the number specified;

 

"Carrier"

shall mean the person, organisation or enterprise engaged in or offering to engage in the conveyance of grouped hazardous substances by road;

 

"consignee"

shall mean in relation to any road tanker, the person who receives or takes delivery of a grouped hazardous substance conveyed by road;

 

"consignor"

shall mean in relation to any road tanker, the person who makes use of such tanker for the conveyance of a grouped hazardous substance by road;

 

"driver"

shall mean a person who drives as well as generally operates a road tanker;

 

"emergency action code"

in relation to a grouped hazardous substance. shall mean the code reflected in the third column of Part I of Annexure 1 opposite the name of 'the substance and substance identification number in the first and second columns respectively of that Part or, where the substance is also reflected in the first column of Part II of Annexure 1, the alternative code reflected in the third column of the said Part II corresponding to the name of the substance and the alternative substance identification number in the first and second columns respectively of that Part (the meanings of the letters and numbers that constitute the codes reflected in Parts I and II of Annexure 1 being indicated in Part III of that Annexure);

 

"grouped hazardous substance"

shall mean a substance, or any mixture thereof, indicated in the first column of Part I of Annexure 1 and any substance scheduled as a Group I hazardous substance;

 

"hazard warning"

in relation to a grouped hazardous substance, shall mean the warning reflected in the fourth column of Part I of Annexure 1 opposite the name of the substance and substance identification number in the first and second columns respectively of that Part;

 

"hazard warning sign"

shall mean the sign reflected, in relation to a hazard warning, in Annexure 3;

 

"medical practitioner"

shall mean a person registered as such in terms of the Medical, Dental and Supplementary Health Service Professions Act, 1974;

 

"multi-load"

shall mean a load consisting of-

a) two or more grouped hazardous substances;
b) two or more mixtures of hazardous substances; or
c) any combination of (a) and (b); in the same or separate compartments or tanks (whether or not a substance which is not a grouped hazardous substance is being conveyed at the same time);

 

"multi-load emergency action code"

shall mean an emergency action code for a multi-load determined in accordance with Annexure 2;

 

''operator''

shall mean the person responsible for the loading, off-loading and transfer of grouped hazardous substances from a distribution depot to a road tanker, from a road tanker to a distribution depot and from one vehicle to another vehicle;

 

"road"

shall mean a public road as defined in the Road Traffic Ordinances in force in the different Provinces of the Republic of South Africa from time to time;

 

"road tanker"

shall mean a goods vehicle which has one or more temporary or permanent tanks or a tank or tanks made up of different compartments with a total capacity of not less than 500 litres, which forms part of or is attached to it. other than a tank used solely for the operation of the vehicle as a means of transport;

 

"single load"

shall mean a load consisting of only one grouped hazardous substance, whether or not a substance which is not a grouped hazardous substance is being conveyed on a multi-load tanker at the same time;

 

"substance identification number"

in relation to a grouped hazardous substance, shall mean the number reflected in column 2 of Part I of Annexure 1 opposite the name of the substance in column 1 of that Part or, where the substance is also reflected in column 1 of Part II of Annexure 1, the alternative substance identification number specified in column 2 of the said Part II corresponding to the name of the substance;

 

"tank"

shall mean a container having a full capacity of 500 litres or more, used for transporting grouped hazardous substances, and mounted permanently or temporarily on a vehicle other than for the purpose of supplying fuel for propulsion of the vehicle and includes a tank having two or more compartments.