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


General Safety Regulations, 1986

13B. Ramps


1) An employer shall ensure that every ramp -
a) is constructed in accordance with accepted technical standards;
b) has a safety factor of at least two with respect to the load it is expected to carry: Provided that the design makes sufficient provision for the load on the ramp as a result of the turning, braking and acceleration of vehicles, if the ramp is used for vehicles; and
c) has an inclination to the horizontal level of not more than 34° or one vertical to one and one half horizontal.


2) An employer shall ensure that every ramp -
a) the inclination of which renders additional foothold necessary, in every case where the inclination is more than 14° or one vertical to four horizontal, is provided with stepping laths which -
i) are placed at suitable intervals; and
ii) extend the full width of the ramp: Provided that the stepping laths may be interrupted over a width not exceeding 230 mm to facilitate the movement of barrows; and
b) which is higher than 2 m and is provided on both sides with -
i) substantial guard rails which are at least 900 mm and not exceeding 1 000 mm in height, and
ii) toe-boards which are at least 150 mm high and so affixed that no open space exists between the toe-board and the ramp.