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Government Of Assam Labour Welfare Inspectorate of Factories

Workers’ participation in Safety Management

Worker’s participation in safety management



Worker’s participation in safety management

[Prescribed u/s 41G of The Factories Act,1948]

(1) The occupier shall, in every factory where a hazardous process takes place, or where hazardous substances are used or handled, set up a Safety Committee consisting of equal number of representatives of workers and management to promote co-operation between the workers and the management in maintaining proper safety and health at work and to review periodically the measures taken in that behalf:
  Provided that the State Government may, by order in writing and for reasons to be recorded, exempt the occupier of any factory or class of factories from setting up such Committee.
(2) The composition of the Safety Committee, the tenure of office of its members and their rights and duties shall be such as may be prescribed.

Right of workers to warn about imminent danger

[Prescribed u/s 41H of The Factories Act,1948]

(1) Where the workers employed in any factory engaged in hazardous process have reasonable apprehension that there is a likelihood of imminent danger to their lives or health due to any accident, they may bring the same to the notice of the occupier, agent, manager or any other person who is incharge of the factory or the process concerned directly or through their representatives in the Safety Committee and simultaneously bring the same to the notice of the Inspector.
(2) It shall be the duty of such occupier, agent, manager or the person incharge of the factory or process to take immediate remedial action if he is satisfied about the existence of such imminent danger and send a report forthwith of the action taken to the nearest Inspector.
(3) If the occupier, agent, manager or the person incharge referred to in sub-section (2) is not satisfied about the existence of any imminent danger as apprehended by the workers, he shall, nevertheless, refer the matter forthwith to the nearest Inspector whose decision on the question of the existence of such imminent danger shall be final.

Disclosure of information to workers

[Prescribed u/s 61J of The Factories Act,1948]

(1) The occupier of a factory carrying on a “hazardous process” shall supply to all workers the following information in relation to handling of Hazardous materials or substances in the manufacture, transportation, storage and other processes -
   (a)Requirements of Sections 41B, 41C and 41H of the Act;
   (b)A list of “Hazardous Processes carried on in the factory;
   (c)Location and availability of all Material Safety Data Sheets as per Rule 61;
   (d)Physical and health hazards arising from the exposure to or handling of substances;
   (e)Measures taken by the occupier to ensure safety and control of physical and health hazards;
   (f)Measures to be taken by the workers to ensure safe handling storage and transportation of hazardous substances;
   (g)Meaning of various labels and markings used on the containers of hazardous substances as provided under Rule 61;
   (h)Personal Protective Equipment required to be used by workers employed in “hazardous process” or “dangerous operation”;
   (i)Signs and symptoms likely to be manifested on exposure to hazardous substances and to whom to report;
   (j)Measures to be taken by the workers in case of any spillage or leakage of a hazardous substances;
   (k)Role of workers vis-a-vis the emergency plan of the factory, in particular the evacuation procedures;
   (l)Any other information considered necessary by the occupier to ensure safety and health of workers.
(2)The information required by sub-rule (i) shall be compiled and made known to workers individually through supply of booklets or leaflets and display of cautionary notices at the work places.
(3) The booklets, leaflets, and the cautionary notices displayed in the factory shall be in the language understood by the majority of the workers, and also explain to them.
(4)The Chief Inspector may direct the occupier to supply further information to the workers as deemed necessary.
   (a)(Matter not print in original Gazatte.)
   (b)(Matter not print in original Gazatte.)
   (c)(Matter not print in original Gazatte.)
   (d)a statement on resources and facilities available for dealing with an emergency including any agreement entered into with a neighbouring factory for aid and assistance in the event of an emergency;
   (e)a man of the area showing the approaches to the factory location of emergency facilities such as hospitals, police and fire service;
   (f)the organisation of the management and the responsibility for safety indicating therein the persons responsible for on-site emergency action;
   (g)details relating to alert system;
   (h)information on availability of antidotes for poisoning resulting for the an accident;
   (h)any other information as may be considered relevant by the occupier or asked for by the District Emergency Authority.

Information on industrial waste

[Prescribed u/s 61J of The Factories Act,1948]

The information furnished under Rules 61J & 61K shall include the quantity of the solid and liquid wastes generated per day, their characteristics and the method of treatment such as incineration of solid wastes, chemical and biological treatment of liquid wastes, and arrangements for their final disposal.