Draft Goa Factories (Fifteenth Amendment) Rules, 2021

Jul 19, 2021 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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Labour Compliance

The Department of Labour, Goa on July 15, 2021 has issued the Draft Goa Factories (Fifteenth Amendment) Rules, 2021 to further amend the Goa Factories Rules, 1985. 

The amendment in the Goa Factories Rules, 1985 are as follows: -

• In Rule 2A which specifies “Competent Person”, the following changes has been made: -

• In Schedule for Section 28 - Lifts and Hoist against Facilities at his command has been substituted, namely: -

“Instruments such as Vernier Calliper, Level Gauges, Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge with normal and hot probe, Tensometer/Spring Balancer and any other equipment or device as may be recommended by the Chief Inspector to determine the safe working condition of the Hoists and Lifts.”

• In Schedule for Section 28 - Section 29-Lifting Machinery and Lifting Tackles against Facilities at his command has been substituted, namely: -

“Instruments such as Vernier Calliper, Level Gauges, Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge with normal and hot probe, Tensometer/Spring Balancer and any other equipment or device as may be recommended by the Chief Inspector to determine the safe working condition of the Lifting Machinery and Lifting Tackles.

• In Schedule Section 31- ‘Pressure plant against Facilities at his command has been substituted, namely: -

“Instruments such as Vernier Calliper, Level Gauges, Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge with normal and hot probe, calibrated pressure gauges, hydraulic pump and any other equipment or device as may be recommended by the Chief Inspector to determine the safety in the use of pressure plant”. 

• In Schedule Ventilation Systems or exhaust appliance as required under section 14 and under various Schedules to rule 131 against Facilities at his command has been substituted, namely: -

“Instruments such as Stack Velocity Meter, Anemometer, Manometer, Pitot Tube and any other equipment or device as may be recommended by the Chief Inspector to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of the system or the appliance.”

• In Rule 4 which specifies “Use of premises as factory”, the clause (d) has been inserted: 

“(d) existing building/shed/structure/ work of engineering construction is in accordance with the plans approved by the Chief Inspector”. 

• In Rule 5 which specifies “Certificate of Stability”, the proviso has been inserted, namely: -

“Provided further that in case the person issuing the Certificate of Stability is a Structural Engineer registered under the provisions of the Goa Land Development and Building Construction Regulations, 2010, as amended from time to time, and who has originally designed the building/ shed/structure/work of engineering construction, the Certificate of Stability issued by such person shall be considered in respect of such building/shed/structure/ work of engineering construction initially and thereafter once in a period of five years or after any re-construction, extension, alteration, etc. or wherein there is any addition or modification of machinery, plant, lifting tools or lifting machines.”

• In Rule 47 which specifies “Latrine accommodations”, clause (c) & (d) has been inserted: -

“(c) Sanitary Napkins conforming to Indian Standards and in adequate quantity shall be provided and maintained in the women’s toilets for their use, and the same be replenished periodically, as and when required”. 

(d) Disposable paper bags shall be provided in the women’s toilets for the collection of the used napkins. The used napkins shall be disposed off daily as per the procedure approved by the Inspector or in accordance with any other law in force.”

• In Rule 90 N which specifies “Medical Examination”, the clause (bb) has been inserted: 

“The tests/investigations to be conducted for the purpose of carrying out medical examination of a worker before employment and thereafter at prescribed intervals shall consist of blood investigations for hemoglobin, total WBC count, differential count, blood grouping, fasting blood sugar level, serum createnine, blood urea, electro cardio gram, urine (routine and microscopic), audiometry, X-ray chest, eye test including colour vision, pulmonary function test and other test(s) which the Factory Medical Officer or the Occupational Health Laboratory may specify”. 

The objections and suggestions received from the public on the said draft Rules within a period of forty-five days will be considered. 

[Notification No- VI/FAC-6(L-1 )Part-1/IFB-2020/975]

 


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