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

Explosives Regulations, 2002

7. Danger buildings

 

 

1) An employer, self-employed person or user shall ensure without derogating from the requirements of the Fire Brigade Services Act, 1987 (Act NO. 99 of 1987), that all fire-fighting appliances and emergency equipment provided in the danger building or room are so placed and kept that they are readily visible, accessible and available for use when required,

 

2) No person shall discharge any fire extinguisher or tamper with any equipment without thereafter informing the explosives manager.

 

3) An employer, self-employed person or user shall ensure that no danger building is used unless the ambient temperature and relative humidity inside the building and the temperature of the explosives in the building are within the limits prescribed by the explosives manager.

 

4) An employer, self-employed person or user shall –
a) take all reasonable precautions to prevent foreign materials such as grit, stones or similar objects from entering danger buildings;
b) ensure that no charcoal, whether ground or otherwise, oily rag or other article susceptible to spontaneous ignition is taken into any danger building, unless such article is required for immediate use in a specified place and, upon cessation of such use, is removed forthwith and
c) not permit any article not listed on the loose article list to be used or to be present in a danger building.

 

5) An employer, self-employed person or user shall ensure that –
a) every danger building is protected against lightning in accordance with South African Bureau of Standards Code of Practice SABS 0313, The Protection of Structures against Lightning;
b) every lightning protection system is examined and tested by a person with sufficient knowledge, training and experience in lightning protection
c) the examination and testing contemplated in paragraph (b) is carried out at least every 12 months in the month of September for summer rainfall areas and in January for winter rainfall areas
d) the results of every examination and testing contemplated in paragraph (b) are recorded in a register and are made available on the premises for inspection by an inspector; and
e) all danger buildings with metal walls or roofs, and all plant and machinery in such buildings, are adequately earthed and bonded in accordance with South African Bureau of Standards Code of Practice SABS 0142, The Wiring of Premises, Part 1, Low Voltage Installations, and SABS 0108, The Classification of Hazardous Locations and the Selection of Apparatus for Use in Such Locations.

 

6) An employer, self-employed person or user shall ensure that –
a) the official number of the building is affixed on the outer wall near the main door to every building within the danger area;
b) a copy of the schedule licence is permanently affixed in a conspicuous position inside every building in the danger area: and
c) a loose article list, approved by the explosives manager, is permanently affixed in a conspicuous position inside every danger building: Provided that all such numbering and documentation shall be printed or typed.

 

7) An employer, self-employed person or user shall ensure that –
a) all danger buildings are maintained in good order and that the interior, including benches, shelves and fittings, of every building in which any manufacturing process takes place or which may, at any stage of the process of manufacture, contain explosives or any ingredients thereof, either mixed or partially mixed, is kept clean and free from foreign materials to the extent that is reasonably practicable;
b) before any maintenance, repairs or new installations are done to or in any danger building, that building is cleaned to the extent that is reasonably practicable, by the removal of all explosives and ingredients thereof, whether mixed or otherwise, and, if necessary, by the thorough washing out of the building or part of the building to or in which such maintenance, repairs or new installations is required;
c) a work permit, approved by the explosives manager is issued prescribing the procedures to be followed for maintenance, repairs or new installations;
d) all the doors of the danger building remain unlocked while persons are present during operations;
e) steps are taken to ensure that doors to danger buildings do not slam; and
f) all machinery and fittings are maintained and operated in accordance with the design specifications of the manufacturer and any other