Acts Online
GT Shield

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

Guidance Notes

Driven Machinery Regulations, 2015

6. Wood-planing machines


(1) The user shall cause every wood-planing machine that is used for overhand planing and that is not mechanically fed, to be fitted with a cylindrical cutter block.


(2) The user shall cause every planing machine used for overhand planing to be provided with a bridge guard that is capable of covering the full length and breadth of the cutting slot in the table and that can be adjusted easily in a vertical and horizontal direction.


(3) No user may require or permit any planing machine that is not mechanically fed to be used for the overhand planing of any piece of wood that is less than 300 mm long, unless a safe holder is used for such a piece of wood: provided that this subregulation shall not apply to the planing of the edges of flat pieces of wood.


(4) The user shall provide an effective guard for the feed-roller of every planing machine used for thicknessing, except in the case of a combined machine for overhand planing and thicknessing.



(a) None