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


General Machinery Regulations, 1988

3. Safeguarding of machinery



1) Every employer or user of machinery shall -
a) ensure that all machinery used by him, is suitable for the purpose for which it is used, and that it is installed, operated and maintained in such a manner as to prevent the exposure of persons to hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions or circumstances;
b) in particular cause every exposed and dangerous part of machinery which is within the normal reach of a person to be effectively safeguarded by means of insulation, fencing, screening or guarding, except where an inspector has granted written permission for the omission of such safeguarding;
c) ensure that all safety equipment is kept in a good working condition and is properly used; and
d) ensure that the quality of material used in, and the construction, of the machinery or safety equipment is suitable for the purpose for which it was intended.


2) Where machinery constitutes a danger to persons, the employer or user of machinery concerned shall cause the premises in question to be enclosed, and where such premises are unattended the designated entrances to such premises shall be kept closed and locked.


3) Unless he has been authorised thereto by the employer or user of machinery, no persons shall remove any safety equipment which relates to the machinery in question.