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


Hazardous Biological Agents Regulations

17. Disposal of HBA



1) An employer or self-employed person as contemplated in regulation 2 shall –
a) lay down written procedures for appropriate decontamination and disinfection;
b) implement written procedures enabling infectious waste to be handled and disposed of without risk;
c) ensure that all fixtures and equipment including vehicles, re-usable containers and covers which have been in contact with HBA waste are disinfected and decontaminated after use in such a manner that it does not cause a hazard inside or outside the premises concerned;
d) ensure that all HBA waste that can cause exposure is disposed of only on sites specifically designated for this purpose in terms of the Environmental Conservation Act, 1989 (Act No. 73 of 19891, in such a manner that it does not cause a hazard inside or outside the site Concerned;
e) ensure that all employees involved in the collection, transport and disposal of HBA waste and who may be exposed to that waste are provided with suitable personal protective equipment; and
f) ensure that if the services of a waste disposal contractor is used, a provision is incorporated into the contract stating that the contractor shall comply with the provisions of these Regulations.