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Welfare Of Workers - Factories Act, 1948

   Posted On :  15.05.2018 12:23 am

Arrangements shall be made for workers to sit and take rest where their work involves a standing posture.

Welfare Of Workers
 
 
The present Factories Act has provided several measures under Chapter V for welfare of the workers under Sections 42 to 48, dealing with washing facilities, facilities for storing and dressing, facilities for sitting, First-aid appliances, canteen, shelter, rest rooms, lunch rooms and crèches Washing facilities (Section 42) : Suitable and adequate washing facilities, as prescribed by the State government have to be provided separately and exclusively for male and female workers. These places should be accessible. Facilities for storing and drying clothes (Section 43) : Suitable places must be provided by the occupier to enable the workers to keep their clothes safe so that there is no risk of theft in that place.
 
Sitting Facilities (Section 44) :
 
Arrangements shall be made for workers to sit and take rest where their work involves a standing posture.
 
First Aid appliances (Section 45) :
 
The term first aid itself signifies immediate medical help required by the affected parties. First aid boxes containing essential medicines, including cotton must be provided for every department with not less than 150 workers.
Where in a factory, 500 or more workers are employed, the occupier should provide an ambulance room, which is indispensable in the matter of giving medical attention to workers who have sustained serious injuries.
 
Canteen (Section 46) :
 
Factories employing 250 or more workers shall provide one or more canteens as per the rules of the State government. A managing committee consisting of representatives of employees and employers should manage such canteens.
 
Shelters, rest rooms and lunch rooms (Section 47) :
 
Suitable shelters, rest rooms, lunch rooms with provision for drinking water shall be provided for every factory employing 150 or more workers.

Creches (Section 48) :
 
Creche is a room or place for accommodating children below the age of six. Such creche must be properly lighted and adequately ventilated. Trained women assistants shall be employed to attend to the children and maintain them clean and healthy.
 
Welfare Officers (Section49) :
 
In factories, where 500 or more workers are employed, there shall be such number of qualified welfare officers employed by the management as per norms prescribed by the State government regarding their qualification, duties and conditions of service.

 

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