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


Construction Regulations, 2014

25. Use and temporary storage of flammable liquids on construction sites


A contactor must, in addition to compliance with the provisions for the use and storage of flammable liquids in the General Safety Regulations, 2003,  ensure that—

(a) where flammable liquids are being used, applied or stored at the workplace concerned, it is done in a manner that does not cause a fire or explosion hazard, and that the workplace is effectively ventilated;
(b) no person smokes in any place in which flammable liquid is used or stored, and the contractor must affix a suitable and conspicuous notice at all entrances to any such areas prohibiting such smoking;
(c) an adequate amount  of efficient fire-fighting equipment is installed in suitable locations around the flammable liquids store with the recognized symbolic signs;
(d) only the quantity of flammable liquid needed for work on one day is taken out of the store for use;
(e) all containers holding flammable liquids are kept tightly closed when not in actual use and, after their contents have been used up, are removed from the construction site and safely disposed of;
(f) where  flammable  liquids are decanted,  the  metal containers  are  bonded  and earthed; and
(g) no flammable material, including cotton waste, paper, cleaning rags or similar material is stored together with flammable liquids.