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


General Machinery Regulations, 1988

6. Devices to start and stop machinery



1) An employer or user of machinery shall provide devices to start and stop machinery, and these devices shall -
a) be in a position where they can readily and conveniently be reached by the person who operates such machinery; and
b) be so constructed and arranged as to prevent the accidental starting of such machinery.


2) An employer or user of machinery shall provide positive means for rendering the controls of machinery driven by an electric motor inoperative while repairs or adjustments are being made, and such means shall not only be the mere tripping of a switch.


3) If machinery is simultaneously operated by two or more persons, the employer or user of machinery concerned shall provide such machinery -
a) at every operation point with a stopping device which locks out when it is used and requiring manual resetting before such machinery can be restarted; and
b) with an audible warning device to be sounded before the machinery is set in motion: Provided that an inspector may grant written permission for alternative precautionary measures whereby the safety of those persons is ensured.