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


General Safety Regulations, 1986

1. Definitions


In these regulations "the Act" means the Machinery and Occupational Safety Act, 1983 (Act 6 of 1983), and any expression to which a meaning has been assigned in the Act shall have the meaning so assigned and, unless the context indicates otherwise—


"Boatswain’s chair"

means a suspended platform seat intended for supporting one person in an elevated position;


"building work"

means building work as defined in the General Administrative Regulations published under Government Notice R206 of 5 October 1984;


"confined space"

means an enclosed, restricted, or limited space in which, because of its construction, location or contents, or any work activity carried on therein, a hazardous substance may accumulate or an oxygen-deficient atmosphere may occur, and includes any chamber, tunnel, pipe, pit, sewer, container, valve, pump, sump, or similar construction, equipment, machinery or object in which a dangerous liquid or dangerous concentration of gas, vapour, dust or fumes may be present;


"fire resistance"

means the minimum period for which a building element or component will comply with the requirements for stability, integrity, and insulation when tested in accordance with SABS 0177: Part II;


"flammable liquid"

means any liquid which produces a vapour that forms an explosive mixture with air, and includes any liquid with a closed-cup flash-point of less than 55 degrees C;


"high-risk substance"

means a substance listed in the Schedule to the General Administrative Regulations published under Government Notice R.2206 of 5 October 1984, as amended from time to time;


"putlog scaffold"

means a scaffold supported by a single row of standards and the structure in connection with which it is being used;


"SABS 0177: Part II"

means the South African Bureau of Standards’ code of practice entitled Fire Resistance Test For Building Elements, SABS 0177: Part II – 1981.



means any temporary elevated platform and supporting structure used for supporting workmen or materials or both;


"Suspended scaffold"

means a working platform suspended from supports by means of one or more separate suspensions from each support;


"trestle scaffold"

means a working platform supported on trestles, stepladders, tripods and the like.