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


Hazardous Biological Agents Regulations

15. Special measures for health and veterinary isolation facilities



1) Subject to the provisions of regulation 6, every employer and self-employed person shall, in the case of health and veterinary isolation facilities, take into account –
a) uncertainties about the presence of HBA in a patient or animal and the materials and specimens taken from them;
b) the hazard represented by HBA known or suspected to be present in a patient, animal, materials and specimens taken from them; and
c) the risks posed by the nature of the work.


2) An employer or self-employed person as contemplated in subregulation (1) shall ensure that the correct containment measures as indicated in Annexures C and E to these Regulation are selected for persons and animals in isolation facilities that are suspected of being infected with Group 3 or Group 4 HBA in order to minimise the risk of infecting others.