Posted on: March 16, 2011 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

Several amendments to Acts and Regulations, as well as Bills relevant to sheq practice, are in process during 2011. Some of these are referenced below.

Koeberg nuclear emergency plan

Public comment was received on the proposed Draft Regulations on Development in Formal Emergency Planning Zone of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, to ensure effective implementation of the Koeberg Nuclear Emergency Plan, under authority of the National Nuclear Regulator Act 47 of 1999, in GG 33678, Notice 962 of 29 October 2010.

Dangerous goods trainers approved

The Department of Transport lists approved Dangerous Goods training bodies, in terms of Regulation 280(1) of the National Road Traffic Regulation of 2000, under Notice 66 in Government Gazette 33992 of 4 February 2011. The listing is made under authority of the National Road Traffic Act, 93 of 1996.

LP gas transport standard revised

SABS had revised part 4 of the LP gas standard, SANS 10087-4, on handling, storage, distribution and maintenance of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in domestic, commercial and industrial installations.

Part 4 standardises transportation of LP gas, including design, construction, inspection, fittings, filling, and repair of LP gas bulk vehicles and rail tank cars.

Building Regs standards revised

SABS had revised parts of a number of SANS standards relevant to application of National Building Regulations in 2011;

• SANS 10400-D, Application of Building Regulations Part D: Public Safety
• SANS 10400-G, Application of Building Regulations Part G: Excavations
• SANS 10400-O, Application of Building Regulations Part O: Lighting and ventilation
• SANS 60335-1, Household and similar electrical appliances safety Part 1: General requirements
• SANS 60598-2-10, Luminaires Part 2-20: Particular requirements for lighting chains.

Contact SABS Information Services on 012 428 6666, info@sabs.co.za or download these standards from a web store at http://www.sabs.co.za/index.php?page=
standardspurchase on entry of a credit card number.

EIA Regulations ‘still problematic’

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs (DWE) has extended the period of submission of comments on the draft amendment to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations of 2010, and comments on Listing Notices, to 8 March 2011.03.07

The extension is published under Notice 46 in Government Gazette 33954 of 28 January 2011. EIA Regulations are proposed under authority of the National Environmental Management Act, 107 of 1998.

Amended Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) measures were implemented in August 2010, but the mechanism remains problematic.

Industrial operators and developers have labelled the regulated procedure ‘still complex’. Environmentalists criticise national and provincial departments for passing their responsibility to enforce environmental protection, to developers, who are prone to camouflaging their environmental impacts, and to hiring independent consultants who tend to file favourable assessments

Land remediation rules negotiated

Draft regulation for remediation of contaminated land, placing various duties on owners and sellers, remains ‘problematic’ and under discussion, said CAIA chairman Joaquin Schoch at an annual general meeting in Bryanston, Johannesburg.

The industry remains in discussion with authorities in various forums to resolve environmental legislation and enforcement impacts on business.

Current SA Bills

Land Use Management Bill (B27 of 2008)
National Health Amendment Bill (B65 – 2008)
Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill (B44 – 2008)
Built Environment Professions Bill (B53 – 2008)
National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency Limited Bill (B36 – 2008)
Transport Laws Repeal Bill (B19 of 2010)

• Sources; Parliamentary Monitoring Committee, Caia, and SABS.

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