Proposed changes to the Hazardous Substances Act

18 August 2019, Sunday

The Hazardous Substances Act 15 of 1973 (the “Act“) regulates the control of certain electronic products and other substances which may cause injury, ill health or death in human beings as a result of their inherent toxic, corrosive, irritant, strongly sensitising or flammable nature.  These substances and products are currently categorised into 4 different groups for purposes of regulation in terms of the Act.

On 23 September and 21 October 2016, the Minister of Health published notices in the Government Gazette (“GG“) of his intention to declare new Group I and Group II categories of hazardous substances.   Once promulgated in final form, the previous Group I hazardous substances notice of 25 March 1997 and the Group II hazardous substances notice of 12 August 1994 will be repealed.

The declaration of new Group I and II categories of hazardous substances will impact a range of people who will be subject to comply with the regulation of these substances in terms of the Act. For further info please contact us.

[Source SAIOSH]