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

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Asbestos Regulations, 2001

13. Control of exposure to asbestos of persons other than employees

 

(1) An employer or self-employed person shall ensure that the release of asbestos dust into any environment or water system complies with the provisions of the Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Act, 1965 (Act No. 45 of 1965), the Environment Conservation Act, 1989 (Act No. 73 of 1989), the National Water Act, 1998 (Act No. 36 of 19981, and the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998).

 

(2) In respect of asbestos dust which may be released from a workplace into any environment or water system which may affect the health of persons other than persons at his or her workplace, an employer or self-employed person shall ensure—
(a) with regard to airborne emissions—
(i) that all work performed with asbestos be controlled as far as is reasonably practicable; and
(ii) that suitable filtration systems are used to control the release of asbestos dust into the environment to levels as low as is reasonably practicable;
(b) with regard to the contamination of water with asbestos
(i) that any water that is contaminated with asbestos as a result of work being performed is passed through a filtration system before being released into any environment or water system; and
(ii) that a suitable water filtration system is used which will ensure that the asbestos being released or entering into any environment or water system are reduced as far as is reasonably practicable;
(c) that contaminated parts of the filtration system, when discarded, are disposed of as asbestos waste; and
(d) that appropriate measures are taken to prevent the release of asbestos dust into the environment arising from the transport of asbestos.