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


Asbestos Regulations, 2001

12. Cleanliness of premises and plant


Every employer or self-employed person shall take steps to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that –

(a) workplaces are maintained in a clean state and are free of asbestos waste and, whenever asbestos is accidentally spilled or asbestos dust is accidentally released into the workplace, that remedial measures are taken immediately before work is resumed;
(b) machinery, plant and equipment, as well as external surfaces of ventilation equipment and internal surfaces of buildings, are kept free of asbestos dust;
(c) cleaning is carried out by vacuum-cleaning equipment with a filtration efficiency of at least 99 per cent for particles one micrometre in size, or in such other manner that asbestos dust neither escapes nor is discharged into the air to such an extent that it contaminates any workplace or the environment;
(d) the vacuum-cleaning equipment is regularly serviced and its external surfaces are kept in a clean state and free from asbestos dust; and
(e) where the use of vacuum-cleaning equipment is impracticable, the relevant surfaces are first dampened and that persons undertaking such cleaning are wearing appropriate protective clothing and respiratory protective equipment.