The Draft Regulations for Hazardous Chemical Agents was published for comment in the Government Gazette on 14 September 2018.
In public meetings the Department of Labour has indicated that changes to the published draft of the Regulations for Hazardous Chemical Agents (RHCA) is in phase 1 of 2. The phased approach was driven by the urgent need to publish changes to the Regulations, which would align to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). South Africa is a signatory to the United Nations GHS.
Phase 2 will follow in which much needed changes to other Regulations will be made. The purpose of highlighting this phased approach is that comments on the draft RHCA should focus on Regulations where changes have been made to the Regulation, such as Regulation 3 Information, Instruction and Training, Regulation 14 Classification of an HCA, 14A Safety Data Sheet (SDS), 14B Labelling of an HCA or 14C Packaging of an HCA and not Regulations where no changes have been made such as Regulation 5 Risk Assessment of Exposure, Regulation 6 Air Monitoring or Regulation 7 Medical Surveillance.
The Association will submit comments on the draft Regulations to the Department of Labour. Proposed comments have been drafted for consideration.