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


Hazardous Biological Agents Regulations

5. Duties of persons who might be exposed to HBA



1) Any person who is or might be exposed to HBA, shall obey any lawful instruction given by or on behalf of the employer of a self-employed person regarding –
a) the prevention of an uncontrolled release of a HBA;
b) the adherence to instructions regarding environmental and health practices, personal hygiene and good housekeeping;
c) the wearing of personal protective equipment and clothing as prescribed by these Regulations;
d) the wearing of personal samplers, when necessary, to measure personal exposure to airborne hazardous biological substances;
e) the disposal of materials containing HBA and the disinfection and decontamination of any site contaminated by an HBA;
f) the reporting during normal working hours for such medical examination or test as contemplated in regulation 8(1); and
g) information and training as contemplated in regulation 4.


2) Any person shall immediately report to the employer, the health and safety representative or self-employed person any possible accidental exposure to a HBA at the workplace, and the employer or self-employed person shall ensure that such incident is investigated and recorded in accordance with regulation 8 of the General Administrative Regulations.