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


Hazardous Chemical Substances Regulations, 1995

11. Personal protective equipment and facilities



1) If it is not reasonably practicable to ensure that the exposure of an employee is adequately controlled as contemplated in regulation 10, the employer shall:
a) in the case of an airborne HCS, provide the employee with suitable respiratory protective equipment and protective clothing; and
b) in the case of an HCS which can be absorbed through the skin, provide the employee with suitable non-HCS impermeable protective equipment.


2) Where respiratory protective equipment is provided, the employer shall ensure:
a) that the relevant equipment is capable of controlling the exposure to below the OEL for the relevant HCS;
b) that the relevant equipment is correctly selected and properly used;
c) that information, instructions, training and supervision which is necessary with regard to the use of the equipment is known to the employees; and
d) that the equipment is kept in good condition and efficient working order.


3) An employer shall, as far as is reasonably practicable:
a) issue no used personal protective equipment to an employee, unless the relevant protection equipment is decontaminated and sterilised;
b) provide separate containers or storage facilities for personal protective equipment when not in use; and
c) ensure that all personal protective equipment not in use is stored only in the place provided therefor.


4) An employer shall as far as is reasonably practicable, ensure that all contaminated personal protective equipment is cleaned and handled in accordance with the following procedures:
a) where the equipment is cleaned on the premises of an employer, care shall be taken to prevent contamination during handling, transport and cleaning;
b) where the equipment is sent off the premises to a contractor for cleaning purposes:
c) the equipment shall be packed in impermeable containers;
d) the containers shall be tightly sealed and have clear indication thereon that the contents thereof are contaminated; and
e) the relevant contractor shall be fully informed of the requirements of these regulations and the precautions to be taken for the handling of the contaminated equipment.


5) Subject to the provisions of subregulation (4)(b) an employer shall ensure that no person removes dirty or contaminated personal protective equipment from the premises: Provided that where contaminated personal protective equipment has to be disposed of, it shall be treated as HCS waste as contemplated in regulation 15.


6) Subject to the provisions of the Facilities Regulations, an employer shall, where reasonably practicable, provide employees using personal protective equipment as contemplated in subregulation (1), with:
a) adequate washing facilities which are readily accessible and located in an area where the facilities will not become contaminated, in order to enable the employees to meet a standard of personal hygiene consistent with the adequate control of exposure, and to avoid the spread of an HCS;
b) two separate lockers separately labelled 'protective clothing' and 'personal clothing', and ensure that the clothing is kept separately in the locker concerned;
c) separate 'clean' and 'dirty' changerooms if the employer uses or processes an HCS to the extent that the HCS could endanger the health of persons outside of the workplace.