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


Lead Regulations, 2001

9. Respirator zone


An employer or self-employed person shall ensure that—

(a) workplace or part of a workplace under his or her control, where the concentration of lead in the air is or may be such that the exposure of persons in that workplace exceeds the OEL without the wearing of respiratory protective equipment, is zoned as a respirator zone;
(b) a respirator zone is clearly demarcated and identified by notice indicating that the relevant area is a respirator zone and that the respiratory protective equipment and protective clothing contemplated in regulation 12 must be worn;
(c) no person enters or remains in a respirator zone unless he or she wears the required respiratory protective equipment and protective clothing; and
(d) the reason why the OEL is exceeded is identified and that action is taken, as soon as is reasonably practicable, by other means than respiratory equipment, in order to lower the airborne lead concentrations so that it does not exceed the OEL for lead.