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


Electrical Machinery Regulations, 2011

1. Definitions


In these Regulations, "the Act" means the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993), and any word or expression to which a meaning has been assigned in the Act shall have such meaning and, unless the context otherwise indicates -


"accreditation authority"

means the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) established by section 3 of the Accreditation for Conformity Assessment, Calibration and Good Laboratory Practice Act, 2006 (Act No. 19 of 2006);



means an arrangement of conductors for the purpose of carrying electrical energy;



means an electrical conductor so arranged as to be electrically connected to a source of electrical energy;


"confined space"

means an enclosed, restricted or limited space in which, because of its construction, location or contents, or any work activity carried on therein, a hazardous substance may accumulate or an oxygen deficient atmosphere may occur, and includes any chamber, tunnel, pipe, pit, sewer, container, valve, pump, sump or similar construction, equipment, machinery or object in which a dangerous liquid or a dangerous concentration of gas, vapour, dust or fumes may be present;



means at or about zero potential and isolated from any live system;



means connected to the general mass of earth in such a manner as will ensure at all times an immediate safe discharge of electrical energy;


"electric fence"

means an electrified barrier consisting of one or more bare conductors erected against the trespass of persons or animals;


"electric fence energizer"

means electrical machinery arranged so as to deliver a periodic non-lethal amount of electrical energy to an electric fence connected to it;


"electric fence system"

means an electric fence and an electric fence energiser;



means covered with insulating material of such thickness and properties that it will prevent the flow of electrical energy between the object so covered and its surroundings or any external object in contact with it;


"live" or "alive"

means electrically charged;


"miniature substation"

means a substation that a person cannot enter;


"portable electric tool"

means any electrically operated implement, with the exception of ordinary household electrical appliances, which is designed for use with -

a) a flexible cord at the supply end and which is intended for use by hand and which is to be carried by hand at the place of work; or
b) a flexible cable at the supply end and which is intended for use by hand and which is to be moved by hand at the place of work;


"registered person"

means a person registered in terms of regulation 14 as an electric fence system installer;



means any person who supplies or contracts or agrees to supply electricity.