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Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993)

27. Designation and functions of Chief Inspector


(1) The Minister shall designate an officer serving in the Department as chief inspector for the purposes of this Act.


(2) The chief inspector shall perform his functions subject to the control and supervision of the Director-General of the Department and may perform any function assigned to an inspector by this Act.


(a) The chief inspector may delegate any power conferred upon him by this Act, excluding a power referred to in section 35(1) or delegated to him under section 42, to any other officer or authorize any such officer to perform any duty assigned to him by this Act.
(b) No delegation of a power under paragraph (a) shall prevent the exercise of such power by the chief inspector himself.


(4) Whenever the chief inspector is absent or unable to perform his functions as chief inspector or whenever the designation of a chief inspector is pending, the Minister may designate any other officer serving in the Department to act as chief inspector during the chief inspector's absence or incapacity or until a chief inspector is designated.


(5) Any person who immediately prior to the commencement of this Act was designated as chief inspector under section 19 of the Machinery and Occupational Safety Act, 1983 (Act No. 6 of 1983) , shall be deemed to have been designated as chief inspector under subsection (1) of this section.