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Update: Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations (85/1993)

 

Amendment of the Incorporation of Safety Lift, Escalator and Passenger Conveyor Regulations, 2010

 

R.829 of 2010

(G.G. 33561 of 17/09/2010)

 

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT, 1993

 

INCORPORATION OF SAFETY STANDARDS

 

I, M M S Mdladlana, Minister of Labour, after consultation with the Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety, hereby, under section 44(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993), incorporate into the Lift, Escalator and Passenger Conveyor Regulations, 2010, the safety specifications specified in the Schedule hereto.

 

MMS MDLADLANA, MP

Minister of Labour

Date:

 

SCHEDULE

 

"SANS 1543": the specification for escalators and passenger conveyors, published by the South African Bureau of Standards;

 

"SANS 1545-1": the specification for lifts: Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts: Part 1: Electric lifts, published by the South African Bureau of Standards;

 

"SANS 1545-2": the specification for lifts: Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts: Part 2: Hydraulic lifts, published by the South African Bureau of Standards;

 

"SANS 1545-3": the specification for lifts: Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts: Part 3: Lifts for persons with physical disabilities (stair-lifting platforms), published by the South African Bureau of Standards;

 

"SANS 1545-4": the specification for lifts: Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts: Part 4: Lifts for persons with physical disabilities (vertical platforms), published by the South African Bureau of Standards;

 

"SANS 1545-5": the specification for lifts: Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts, Part 5: Electric and hydraulic access, goods only lifts, published by the South African Bureau of Standards;

 

"SANS 1545-6": the specification for lifts: Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts: Part 6: Rack and pinion lifts, published by the South African Bureau of Standards;

 

"SANS 1545-9": the specification for lifts: Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts: Part 9: Lift landing doors fire resistance testing, published by the South African Bureau of Standards;

 

"SANS 50280": standard for the design, safe use and maintenance of scissors lifts, published by the South African Bureau of Standards;

 

"SANS 10360": the standard for the maintenance and repair of electric and hydraulic powered lifts, escalators and passenger conveyors, published by the South African Bureau of Standards;

 

"SANS 21": the specification for escalators, safety rules for the construction and installation of escalator and passenger conveyors;

 

"SANS 50081-1": the specification for electric lifts, safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts, published by the South African Bureau of Standards;

 

"SANS 50081-2": the specification for hydraulic lifts, safety rules for the construction and installation of hydraulic lifts, published by the South African Bureau of Standards.

 

* Editors note: Code 'SANS 10360' is scheduled for replacement by 'SANS 53015' once an Erratum has been published with regard to Notice R.256 of 2016]

 

 

 

 

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