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Labour Ministry sets up 3 Expert Committees to review standards under OSH & WC Code, 2020

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Ministry of Labour & Employment set up Expert CommitteesThe Ministry of Labour & Employment has constituted 3 Expert Committees to review standards under Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions (OSH & WC) Code, 2020.

i.The committees will review the existing rules & regulations on safety, health and working conditions standards, pertaining to factories, docks & Construction work.

ii.The heads of the 3 expert committees are

  • Dr R K Elangovan, Director General, Directorate General Factory Advice and Labour Institutes (DGFASLI) will head the Expert Committee for Factories & Dock Works.
  • P L N Murthy, Vice President & Head Domestic Operations, L&T Hydrocarbon, Chennai will head the Expert Committee for Building & Other Constructions Works.
  • D K Shami, Fire Advisor to Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) – Head of Expert Committee for Fire Safety.

Details of existing rules & regulation and reasons for review

Name of Rules & Regulations  Reasons for Review
The Factories Rules framed under The Factories Act, 1948  To update them to meet the current requirements, It was last reviewed in 1998.
Dock Workers (Safety, Health Welfare) Regulations 1990 To incorporate the advancements and progress made in the field of OSH & WC.
The Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Central Rules, 1998 To meet global standards in OSH&WC

Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions (OSH & WC) Code, 2020

It was enacted after combining 13 Different Labour Legislations. It was combined to simplify the laws regulating the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions in firms.

  • Due to the increase in fire accidents, a separate committee on fire safety standards has been formed to have a comprehensive & holistic approach towards fire safety provisions.
  • The committee will seek to align the present Rules & Regulations of fire safety with the National Building Code, 2016.
  • Presently Rules & Regulations regarding Fire Safety have been mentioned in

Factories Act, 1948; Dock Workers Regulations, 1990; The Building and Other Construction Workers, 1998.

Benefits

  • It will help in establishing a uniform and updated standards of safety and health of workers throughout India.
  • It will also enhance the efficiency of workers and increase their productivity multifold.

Recent Related News:

i.October 1, 2020, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the three labour codes – Code on Social Security 2020, the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Condition Code 2020, and the Industrial Relation Code 2020.

About Ministry of Labour & Employment:

Minister of State (IC)- Santosh Kumar Gangwar (constituency – Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh)