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


Facilities Regulations, 2004

4. Changing rooms


(1)        In respect of employees—

(a) for whom showers are prescribed; or
(b) who need to undress, the employer shall provide separate changing rooms for males and females respectively, in accordance with Part C of SABS 0400.


(2) An employer contemplated in subregulation (1) shall—
(a) ensure that a changing room is not connected directly by means of a door or of any other opening to any room in which there is exposure to a hazardous chemical substance or a hazardous biological agent; or in which untanned hides or skins or unwashed wool or mohair are treated, processed or stored;
(b) provide adequate seating in the form of chairs or benches in every changing room for the maximum number of employees that will be using such changing room at any one time;
(c) not store any material, tools or other goods not related to use of a changing room in such changing room or allow such items to be stored therein;
(d) where a change-room has windows, glaze such windows in obscure glass or similar material;
(e) screen the entrance of every changing room in order to afford privacy;
(f) provide a conspicuous sign at the entrance to a changing room to indicate the gender of the persons for whom the changing room is intended;
(g) provide facilities for the drying of wet clothes, if the employees for whom the changing room has been provided, may become wet in the course of their work;
(h) ensure that every changing room is naturally or artificially ventilated in accordance with Part O of the National Building Regulations; and
(i) ensure that no employee referred to in subregulation (1) changes his or her clothing at any other place at a workplace than in the changing room provided for him or her.


(3) Subject to the provisions of regulation 5 an employer may allow a changing room to be used for the partaking of meals provided that—
(a) an obscure partition that reaches the ceiling or roof is installed between showers and eating places; and
(b) there is no direct communication between the changing room and the toilet facilities.