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Comment Sought on Pressure Equipment Regulations

July 14, 2021

Department of Employment and Labour

Comment is sought on Draft Pressure Equipment Regulations.

The employment and labour department published the Draft Regulations in Government Gazette 44822.

They were drawn up in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The Draft Regulations will apply to pressure equipment with a design pressure greater than 50 kPa.

Pressure equipment excluded from the proposed Regulations includes water piping, aerosol dispensers, engines including turbines and internal combustion engines, open metal making pots and blast furnaces and tyres.

The Draft Regulations focus on general requirements, duties of manufacturers, duties of importers and suppliers, duties of users, approval and duties of approved inspection authorities, registration of a steam generator, pressure equipment marking, inspection and test, risk-based inspection, repairs and modifications, records, access, transportable gas containers, fire extinguishers and training.

Comment is invited within 90 days of the date of publication.

Other notices include:

• Notice 410 – Labour Relations Act – National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry: extension to non-parties of the main collective amending agreement – in effect from second Monday after date of publication until 28 February 2022;
• Notice 411 – Labour Relations Act – Bargaining Council for the Furniture Manufacturing Industry KwaZulu-Natal: extension of period of operation of the main collective agreement – extension until 31 December 2021.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the department has slated public and private sector workplaces for woeful compliance levels in the face of the Covid-19 third wave.

Failures include not providing proper screening of employees upon arrival at work and Covid-19 risk assessments.

According to the department’s Inspector General Aggy Moiloa, 50% compliance was found in the private sector with compliance in the public sector as low as 25% in KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape.

In another statement, the department pointed out that three convictions relating to Covid-19 TERS fraud have been secured so far.

Currently, the Unemployment Insurance Fund has recovered R 827,843,670.00 via the “follow the money project” and it is anticipated that more will be recovered as the Fund extends it with a further 12 months.