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


Electrical Machinery Regulations, 2011

11. Portable electric lights


(1) No employer or user shall use or permit the use of a portable light where the operating voltage exceeds 50 V unless—
(a) it is fitted with a substantial handle which is made of non-hygroscopic, non-conducting material;
(b) all live metal parts or parts which may become live owing to a faulty circuit are completely protected against accidental contact;
(c) the lamp is protected by means of a substantial guard firmly fixed to the insulated handle; and
(d) the cable lead-in is such that the insulation can withstand rough use.


(2) No employer or user shall use or permit the use of a portable electric light in wet or damp conditions or in confined spaces inside metal vessels or when the person is in contact with large masses of metal, unless, subject to the provisions of subregulation (1)—
(a) the lamp is connected to a source of electrical energy incorporating an earth leakage protection device the construction of which meets the requirements of the relevant safety standard incorporated into these Regulations under section 44 of the Act; or
(b) the operating voltage of .the lamp does not exceed 50 V, and where this electrical energy is derived from a transformer, such transformer shall have separate windings.