Government of Assam issues Guidelines to the Factory Management

Mar 30, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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Labour Compliance

The State Government of Assam on March 20, 2020, has issued the Guidelines to the factory management.

The following guidelines are as under:

 Promote frequent and thorough hand washing by providing with a place to wash their hands. If soap and running water are not immediately available, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol.

 Encourage workers to stay home if they are sick. For any help, State control room or the state surveillance officer, IDSP at #6913347770/1/2/3 or toll free number 104 can be reached.

 Encourage respiratory etiquette including covering coughs and sneezes.

 Provide customers and the public with tissues and trash receptables.

 Employers should explore whether they can establish policies and practices 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 when possible.

 Avoid grouping of workers or staff.

 Prompt identification and isolation of potentially infectious individuals is a critical step in protecting 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 when they are sick 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 and train workers to implement them.

 Take steps to limit spread of the respiratory secretions of a person who may have COVID-19.

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

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

 Minimizing contact among workers, clients and customers by replacing face to face meetings with virtual communications and implementing telework if feasible.

 Establishing alternating days or extra shifts that reduce the total number of employees in a facility at a given time, allowing them to maintain distance from one another while maintaining a full onsite work week.

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

 Maintain proper hygiene of Canteens / 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.

[Memo No. Estt/398/Pt/1740-56]


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