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Generators must handle and store medical waste in a safe manner that poses no threat to human health or to the environment and are under duty to ensure that medical waste is removed from their premises, transported and disposed of in accordance with this By-law.

Without limiting the generality of the duty in subsection (1), generators must comply with the following requirements:
(a) separate medical waste from other waste at the point at which it is generated
(b) store medical waste in leak-proof, sealable containers and ensure that containers which are used for the storage of sharps and other clinical items which can cause cuts or punctures or injections are, in addition, rigid and puncture-resistant;
(c) label each medical waste container indelibly and in large, legible lettering with -
(i) the name and address of the generator;
(ii) the words "Danger: Medical Waste", "Gevaar: Mediese Afval" and "Ingozi: Inkunkuma Yezamayeza"; and the international biohazard logo; and
(iii) the date on which the medical waste container is removed from the generator's premises;
(d) prevent public access to medical waste containers which are in use;
(e) store filled medical waste containers in controlled, secure areas which are reserved for the storage of medical waste;
(f) make arrangements for the removal of medical waste from their premises and for the transportation of medical waste to a disposal site by a person who transports medical waste in terms of this By-law and who is registered as a transporter as contemplated in section 26 of this By-law;
(g) make arrangements for the disposal of medical waste by a person permitted to dispose of medical waste in terms of this By-law.

Generators may apply in writing to the Council for permission to handle, store and otherwise deal with their medical waste in a manner which does not comply with the requirements set out in subsection (2).

The Council may in writing grant the permission referred to in subsection (3); provided that it may grant such permission subject to conditions.
(a) maintain an up to date written record of medical waste removed from their premises in the format as prescribed from time to time by the Council
(b) acquire from the disposer of the medical waste written notification that the medical waste has been disposed of and, on receiving such notification, indicate in their written records that the medical waste has been this disposed of;
(c) keep the written record referred to in (a) and the notification referred to in (b) for a period of one year after the removal from their premises of the medical waste.
(1) Every generator must register with the Council within 6 months of the coming into operation of this By-law by completing and submitting a written notification to the Council in the format prescribed from time to time.
(2) Every transporter must register with the Council within 6 months of the coming into operation of this By-law by completing and submitting a written notification to the Council in the format prescribed from time to time.
(3) GenerAtravenes any provision of this Part or fails to comply with any notice lawfully given thereunder commits an offence.

Part 4


30  Tattooing and Body Piercing of Humans


Only professional tattooing and body piercing machines designed and assembled in a manner which prevents contamination of sterilized needle sets may be used for applying permanent tattoos or body piercing.


All clip cords and spray bottles must have triggers; grasped areas must also be protected by a plastic covering which must be disposed of after use on each client.


Work surfaces must be smooth and impervious and disinfected after rendering services to each client.


Equipment and supplies must be stored in clean, designated storage cabinets.


Instruments and equipment used for any procedure must be sterilized after each client.


All tubes and needles must be stored in single service, sterile, sealed autoclave bags that must be opened in the presence of the client.


A person responsible for tattooing or piercing must wash his hands with soap and hot water before attending to a client and new latex or nitrile examination gloves must be worn by the operator for the duration of the procedure for each client.