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


Asbestos Regulations, 2001

10. Respirator zone


An employer or self-employed person shall ensure that—

(a) any workplace or part of a workplace under his or her control, where the concentration of regulated asbestos fibres in the air is, or may be, such that the exposure of persons in that workplace exceeds the OEL for asbestos 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 17 must be worn there;
(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 for asbestos is exceeded is identified and action is taken, as soon as is reasonably practicable, to lower the concentration of asbestos in the air by means other than respiratory protective equipment, so that it does not exceed the OEL for asbestos.