New Delhi, May 10 : The new norms issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) insist on ensuring sanitization of the factories premises with regular health check ups of workers as per the Health Ministry’s protocol. According to the new guidelines, the factories need to maintain a sanitization routine every two-three hours especially in the common areas like lunch rooms and common tables which will have to be wiped clean with disinfectants after every single use.
For accommodation, sanitization needs to be performed regularly to ensure worker safety and reduce spread of contamination. While at the entrance of the premises, temperature checks of all employees to be done twice a day, workers showing symptoms should not report to work whereas provisions of hand sanitizers, mask, gloves to all employees have been made mandatory in all factories and manufacturing units. The workers must be educated on safety steps right from entry to exit in the factory.
The guidelines also elaborate the ‘Quarantine Measures’ for supply and storage of goods which requires sterilization of boxes and wrapping, brought into factories. The goods should be delivered in shifts, it added. The protocol also directs to ensure no sharing of tools or workstations to the extent possible and provide additional sets of tools if needed. While working in the factory, the physical barriers must be created to ensure the physical distance within the work floor and dining facilities, provide face protection shields along with masks and Personal Protection Equipments (PPEs). Factories that work 24 hours at full production capacity should consider one hour gaps between shifts except those where factories or plants require continuous operations. Managerial and administrative staff should work one shift at 33 per cent capacity as per MHA guidelines but while deciding which particular person to be included that 33 percent at any given point of time but the overriding priority should be given to personnel dealing with safety.
Factories have to prepare isolation wards to isolate workers, if needed whereas the Human Resources department has to help and manage the whole process for individuals and in such case aIl travelling employees also need to undergo a mandatory 14 -day quarantine. The guidelines also say that workers involved in dealing with hazardous material must be skilled and experienced in the field and there should be no compromise on deployment of such workers.