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Asbestos Abatement Regulations in Place

November 11, 2020

Department of Employment and Labour

Asbestos Abatement Regulations have been drawn up.

The employment and labour department published the Regulations in Government Gazette 43893 in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Draft Asbestos Abatement Regulations were published for comment in 2018.

The Regulations apply to every employer and self-employed person who may expose any person to asbestos dust at the workplace.

The Regulations focus on, inter alia, identification of asbestos in place; inventory of asbestos in place; asbestos risk assessment; asbestos management plan; duties of persons who may be exposed; control of exposure to asbestos; notification of asbestos work; duties of asbestos client for asbestos work; duties of approved inspection authorities for asbestos work; disputes; plan of work; air monitoring; medical surveillance; personal protective equipment and facilities; disposal of asbestos; records and prohibition.

Employers or self-employed persons must ensure that all asbestos-containing materials at the workplace are identified by a competent person.

All asbestos-containing material needs to be recorded in an inventory of asbestos.

Asbestos risk assessments need to be carried out at intervals not exceeding two years.

Workplaces are also required to have a written asbestos management plan in place in cases where asbestos-containing materials are identified.

The Regulations also set out what needs to be included in a written approved plan of work.

They also stipulate that all asbestos in place listed in the inventory of asbestos in place must be clearly and legibly identified using the pictogram specified in Annexure 1.

The Regulations came into effect on the date of publication.

However, Regulation 3 on identification of asbestos in place and Regulation 20 on labelling and signage will come into effect 18 months after promulgation.