Government of Haryana issues Guidelines to the Management of Factory or Establishments

Mar 19, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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Labour Compliance

The Haryana Labour Department on March 17, 2020, has issued Guidelines to the Management of Factory or Establishments to prevent the Spread of Corona Virus Disease.

The following guidelines will be strictly followed in all Factories or Establishments in the State of Haryana:

 Promote frequent and through hand washing, by providing with a place to wash hands to workers, customers and worksite visitors. Provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing 60% alcohol if soap is not available immediately.

 Encourage workers to stay home if they are sick and to call State helpline no. 8558893911 or 108. Never travel directly or avail public transport facility to the hospital if suspected of possible exposure of COVID-19.

 Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.

 Employers should explore whether they can establish policies and practices, such as flexible worksites and flexible work hours, to increase the physical distance among employees and between employees.

 Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices or other work tools and equipment.

 Avoid grouping of workers or staff at work site or for meeting as far as possible.

 Prompt identification and isolation of potentially infectious individuals to protect workers, customers, visitors and others at a worksite.

 Employers should inform and encourage employees to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 if they suspect possible exposure.

 Employers should develop policies and procedures for employees to report if they are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 Where appropriate, employers should develop policies and procedures for immediately isolating people who have signs and/or symptoms of COVID-19.

 If any foreign delegation has recently visited the premises or the employees have visited some foreign locations, then such person shall inform to the District Administration or nearest Government Hospital immediately.

 Provide face mask and ask the person to wear it if he is suspected to have COVID-19.

 Do not insist for a Medical Certificate for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness as medical facilities may be extremely busy.

 Maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to are for a sick family member.

 Do virtual communications and telework to minimize contact among workers, clients and customers.

 Establishing alternating days or extra shifts that reduce the total number of employees.

 Maintain regular housekeeping practices, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment.

 Maintain proper hygiene of Canteens or dining rooms.

 Creches shall be specifically monitored and disinfected thoroughly in case of any doubt of contaminations.

 Factories having installed public address system may utilize the same for educating workers on the measures for preventing possible exposure of COVID-19. 

 Notwithstanding anything stated above, all factory or establishment managements shall ensure strict compliance of directions of Ministry of Heath and Family Welfare, Government of India, Government of Haryana and Haryana State Health Services issued in this regard from time to time.

 If possible, screen all the workers or visitors by infrared (IR) thermometer before entering the premises.

 Avoid biometric attendance of the employees.

[Notification No. 748-824]

 


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