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


Lead Regulations, 2001

4. Information and training


(1) An employer shall, before any employee is exposed or may be exposed to lead and after consultation with the health and safety committee established for that section of the workplace, ensure that the employee is adequately and comprehensively informed and trained, on both practical aspects and theoretical knowledge, with regard to—
(a) the contents and scope of these Regulations;
(b) the potential sources of exposure;
(c) the potential health risk caused by exposure to lead, including the health risks to employees' families and others, which could result from taking home lead contaminated equipment and clothing;
(d) the measures taken by the employer to protect an employee against any risk from exposure;
(e) the precautions to be taken by the employee to protect him- or herself against he health risks associated with the exposure, which precautions include the wearing and use of protective clothing and respiratory protective equipment;
(f) the necessity, correct use, maintenance and limitations of protective equipment facilities and engineering control measures provided;
(g) the assessment of exposure, the purpose of air sampling, the necessity of medical surveillance and the long term benefits of undergoing
(h) the occupational exposure limits and their meaning;
(i) the importance of good housekeeping in the workplace and personal hygiene;
(j) the safe working procedures regarding the use, handling, processing and storage of any material containing lead, including the correct application of control measures to limit the spread of lead outside the work area, and to limit the exposure of workers inside the work area as far as is reasonably practicable;
(k) the procedures to be followed in the event of spillages or any other similar emergency or situation which could arise by accident;
(l) the procedures for reporting and correcting defects likely to result in the release of airborne lead;
(m) safe waste disposal;
(n) the procedures for record keeping; and
(o) all other matters contemplated in regulation 5.


(2) Refresher training shall be given on matters contemplated in subregulation (1) at least every year or at more frequent intervals that may be recommended by the health and safety committee.


(3) Training shall be given more frequently than once a year if—
(a) work methods change;
(b) the type of work carried out, changes significantly; or
(c) the type of equipment used to control exposure, changes.


(4) Training shall be provided by somebody who is competent to provide it and has adequate personal practical experience and theoretical knowledge of all aspects of the work being carried out by the employer.


(5) An employer or a self-employed person shall ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that his or her mandatory or any person other than employees who may be affected by lead exposure at the workplace, are given adequate information, instruction and training.


(6) An employer shall keep a record of any training, both practical and theoretical, that was given to an employee.


(7) An employer or a self-employed person shall give instructions in writing of the procedures contemplated in subregulation (1)(k) to drivers of vehicles carrying lead or lead-containing material that has the potential of causing environmental pollution or bodily absorption.