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


Noise-induced Hearing Loss Regulations, 2003

12. Hearing protective equipment



1) Where hearing protective equipment is provided, an employer or self-employed person shall ensure that –
a) the equipment is capable of keeping the exposure below the noise-rating limit;
b) the equipment is correctly selected and properly used;
c) employees receive the information, instruction, training and supervision that are necessary with regard to the use of the equipment; and
d) the equipment is kept in good condition and efficient working order.


2) An employer or self-employed person shall, as far as is reasonably practicable –
a) issue no reusable hearing protective equipment to any person, unless the hearing protective equipment is properly decontaminated and, where appropriate, sterilized;
b) provide separate containers or storage facilities for hearing protective equipment when not in use; and
c) ensure that all hearing protective equipment not in use is stored only in the I place provided for it.