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


Pressure Equipment Regulations, 2009

2. Scope of application


(1) These Regulations shall apply to the design, manufacture, operation, repair, modification, maintenance, inspection and testing of pressure equipment with a design pressure equal to or greater than 50 kPa, in terms of the relevant health and safety standard incorporated into these Regulations under section 44 of the Act.


(2) Regulations 3, 4, 5, 9(1), 9(2) and 9(3) shall not apply to pressure equipment in use or on order prior to the publication of these Regulations, which equipment shall be designed and constructed according to the requirements applicable at the time of order.


(3) The following pressure equipment shall be excluded from these Regulations:
(a) Piping for the supply, distribution and discharge of water below its boiling point at atmospheric pressure and associated pressure equipment and headraces such as penstocks, pressure tunnels, pressure shafts for hydro-electric installations and their related specific pressure accessories;
(b) aerosol dispensers;
(c) pressure equipment intended for the functioning of road and rail vehicles, excluding a fuel gas system;
(d) pressure equipment comprising casings or machinery where the dimensioning, choice of material and manufacturing rules are based primarily on requirements for sufficient strength, rigidity and stability to meet the static and dynamic operational effects or other operational characteristics and for which pressure is not a significant design factor, and such pressure equipment may include -
(i) engines, including turbines and internal combustion engines;
(ii) reciprocating steam engines, gas turbines, steam turbines, turbo-generators, compressor engines, pumps and actuating devices;
(e) open metal-making pots and blast furnaces;
(f) housing for electrical machinery such as switchgear, control gear, transformers and rotating machines;
(g) tyres and flexible pressurised casings used for recreational purposes;
(h) fixed electrical hot-water storage container of water capacity from 15 Iitres to 450 litres operating at a maximum pressure of 600 kPa manufactured to the requirements of SANS 151, which shall be installed in accordance with the requirements of SANS 10254.