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


Lead Regulations, 2001

13. Cleanliness of premises and plant


Every employer or self-employed person shall, as far as is reasonably practicable, take steps to ensure that—

(a) all workplaces are kept in a clean state and free of lead waste and, when lead is accidentally spilled or airborne lead is accidentally released into the workplace corrective measures are immediately taken, before any work is continued;
(b) cleaning is carried out by vacuum-cleaning equipment with a filtration efficiency of at least 99 per cent for particles of one micrometre in size, or by some other means so that lead dust neither escapes nor is released into the air to such an extent that it contaminates any workplace or the environment;
(c) the vacuum-cleaning equipment is regularly serviced and all its external surfaces are kept in a clean state and free from lead dust; and
(d) where the use of vacuum-cleaning equipment is impracticable, surfaces which are to be cleaned are dampened and that persons undertaking such cleaning wear appropriate protective clothing and respiratory protective equipment.