The new RSA Driven Machinery Regulations (DMR) (enacted in terms of Section 43 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993) were published on 19 June 2015 (and then re-published on 24 June 2015). These Regulations come into effect on 30 September 2015.
The following definitions have been added to the DMR:
- Block and Tackle; Competent Person; Hand-Powered Lifting Device; Load-Path; Safe Working Load; Thorough Examination; Training Provider.
The following definitions have been removed:
- Anti-Repeat Device; Goods-Hoist.
The following definitions have been changed:
- Calendar changed to Calendar Rolls; Capstan Hoist changed to Capstan-Type Hoist; Lifting Machine Entity- Definition amended to include Regulation 19; Man Cage- Definition amended.
The scope of application has been amended to include persons who commission any driven machinery as well. Regulation 18 now applies to lifting machines, lifting tackle and hand-powered lifting devices (previously not dealt with). The following changes have been made:
- The manufacturer must be identified and their details must be affixed to the machine itself;
- The requirements for examination of such machines have become far more stringent and specific- e.g. where there is no manufacturing standard, the machine must be tested with 110% of its safe load capacity.
- The inspector performing the examination must have knowledge of and experience in the erection, load testing and maintenance of the specific kind of machine;
- Standard has been specified for lifting tackle;
- Training on a machine must be performed by a training provider accredited with the Transport SETA.
REGULATION 19: New Regulation that deals with the approval and registration of Lifting Machine Entities.
REGULATION 20: New Regulation that deals with the approval and registration of Training Providers.
REGULATION 21: New Regulation that deals with the withdrawal of approval of a Lifting Machine Entity or a Training Provider.
REGULATION 22: Replaces the old Regulation 19 which deals with offences and penalties. The imprisonment time has increased from 6 months to 12 months and the fine has become unspecified. There is also now an additional day of imprisonment that can be added to a sentence for a continuous offence.
REGULATION 23: Repeals the old Driven Machinery Regulations and also states that users of goods-hoists must comply with the Lift, Escalator and Passenger Conveyor Regulations, 2010 by June 2020.