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

Driven Machinery Regulations, 1988

National Code of Practice for the evaluation of Training Providers for Lifting Machine Operators




This Code of Practice is to provide clarity and direction to all stakeholders directly or indirectly related to the accreditation and provision of training to lifting machine/equipment/equipment operators in South Africa.


The code of practice sets out the requirements to the accreditation criteria of the authorised body, subject to meeting the South African Qualifications Authority: "Criteria and guideline for providers".


The Code of Practice requires that all lifting machine/equipment Operators are trained regardless of the capacity of the lifting machine /equipment by accredited providers.


Further, the code of practice covers the criteria and guidelines for lifting machine/equipment operator facilitators, assessors and providers. Also including the prerequisites for approved learning/training programmes, facilities and equipment to train an operator to a certain level of competence for a specific type of lifting machine/equipment.


The Authorised Body has been empowered to categorise for purposes of issuing Certificates of Competence, those lifting machine/equipment falling outside the specific codes but within the broad classification of lifting machine/equipment.


The Code of Practice sets standards of training and operation and provides direction and guidance to achieving accreditation and approval as an Accredited Provider.


For clarity the relevant extract from regulation 18 (11) of the Driven Machinery Regulations as amended, is appended: Appendix 10.


Where other Occupational Health and Safety legislation is applicable these must be applied.


The authorised bodies shall be consulted by the National Standards Bodies prior to approval of unit standards for operators of lifting machine/equipment.