Posted on: August 3, 2009 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

South Africa. The Minister of Labour has under section 43 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993) promulgated the Pressure Equipment Regulations (hereinafter referred to as PER).

This notice was given in Government Gazette 32395 Notice No. R. 734 dated 15 July 2009.

The PER, is collated as follows:

Regulation 1: Definitions
Regulation 2: Scope of application

  1. These Regulations shall apply to the design, manufacture, operation, repair, modification, maintenance, inspection and testing of pressure equipment with a design pressure equal to or greater than 50 kPa, in terms of the relevant health and safety standard incorporated into these Regulations under section 44 of the Act.
  2. Regulations 3, 4, 5, 9(1), 9(2) and 9(3) shall not apply to pressure equipment in use or on order prior to the publication of these Regulations, which equipment shall be designed and constructed according to the requirements applicable at the time of order.
  3. The following pressure equipment shall be excluded from these Regulations:

a) Piping for the supply, distribution and discharge of water below its boiling point at atmospheric pressure and associated pressure equipment and headraces such as penstocks, pressure tunnels, pressure shafts for hydro-electric installations and their related specific pressure accessories;

b) Aerosol dispensers;

c) Pressure equipment intended for the functioning of road and rail vehicles, excluding a fuel gas system;

d) Pressure equipment comprising casings or machinery where the dimensioning, choice of material and manufacturing rules are based primarily on requirements for sufficient strength, rigidity and stability to meet the static and dynamic operational effects or other operational characteristics and for which pressure is not a significant design factor, and such pressure equipment may include –
i. Engines, including turbines and internal combustion engines;
ii. Reciprocating steam engines, gas turbines, steam turbines, turbo-generators, compressor engines, pumps and actuating devices;

e) Open metal-making pots and blast furnaces

f) Housing for electrical machinery such as switchgear,control gear, transformers and rotating machines;

g) Tyres and flexible pressurised casings used for recreational purposes;

h) Fixed electrical hot-water storage container of water capacity from 15 litres to 450 litres operating at a maximum pressure of 600 kPa manufactured to the requirements of SANS 151, which shall be installed in accordance with the requirements of SANS 10254.

Regulation 3: General requirements
Regulation 4: Duties of manufacturers
Regulation 5: Duties of importers and suppliers
Regulation 6: Duties of users
Regulation 7: Approval and duties of approved inspection authority
Regulation 8: Registration of a steam generator
Regulation 9: Pressure equipment marking
Regulation 10: Pressure and safety accessories
Regulation 11: Inspection and test
Regulation 12: Risk-based inspection
Regulation 13: Repairs and modifications
Regulation 14: Records
Regulation 15: Access
Regulation 16: Door interlocks
Regulation 17: Gas reticulation equipment and systems
Regulation 18: Transportable gas containers
Regulation 19: Fire extinguishers
Regulation 20: Offences and penalties
Regulation 21: Repeal of regulations and Annexures

The Vessels under Pressure Regulation, 1996, published under Government Notice No. R. 1591, dated 4 October 1996, will be repealed by the PER.

Regulation 22: Short title
These Regulations shall be called the Pressure Equipment Regulations, 2009, and shall come into effect on 1 October 2009: Provided that approved inspection authority for in-service inspections shall come into effect on 1 April 2011 on condition that the inspection shall be carried out by an authorised person.

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