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Contract Labour Welfare Facilities

Contract Labour Welfare Facilities

The principal employer shall ensure provision for Canteen(100 & above), Restrooms, Sufficient supply of drinking water, latrines and urinals(at least one for every 10 members gender-wise), washing facilities, First aid Box and expenses incurred may be recovered from the contractor.

(1) The facilities required to be provided under Sections 18 and 19 of the Act, namely, sufficient supply of wholesome drinking water, a sufficient number of latrines and urinals, washing facilities and first-aid facilities, shall be provided by the contractor in the case of the existing establishments within seven days or the commencement of these rules and in the case of new establishments within seven days of the commencement of the employment of contract labour therein.

(2) If any of the facilities mentioned in sub-rule (1) is not provided by the contractor within the period prescribed the same shall be provided by the principal employer within seven days of the expiry of the period laid down in the said sub-rule.

Rest-rooms.-

(1) In every place wherein contract labour is required to halt at night in connection with the working of the establishment to which the Act applies and in which employment of contract labour is likely to continue for three months or more the contractor shall provide and maintain rest-rooms or other suitable alternative accommodation within fifteen days of the coming into force of the rules in the case of existing establishments, and within fifteen days of the commencement of the employment of contract labour in new establishments.

(2) If the amenity referred to in sub-rule (1) is not provided by the contractor within the period prescribed, the principal employer shall provide the same within a period of fifteen days of the expiry of the period laid down in the said sub-rule.

(3) Separate rooms shall be provided for women employees.

(4) Effective and suitable provision shall be made in every room for securing and maintaining adequate ventilation by the circulation of fresh air and there shall also be provided and maintained sufficient and suitable natural or artificial lighting.

(5) The rest-room or rooms or other suitable alternative accommodation shall be of such dimensions so as to provide at least a floor area or 1.1 sq. meter for each person making use of the rest-room.

(6) The rest-room or rooms or other suitable alternative accommodation shall be so constructed as to afford adequate protection against heat, wind, rain and shall have smooth, hard and impervious floor surface.

(7) The rest-room or other suitable alternative accommodation shall be at a convenient distance from the establishment and shall have an adequate supply of wholesome drinking water.

NOTES

Provisions of R. 41, held, are not unreasonable. Gammon India Ltd. v. Union of India, (1974)1 SCC 596.

Canteens.-

 

(1) In every establishment to which the Act applies and wherein work regarding the employment of contract labour is likely to continue for six months and wherein contract labour numbering one hundred or more are ordinarily employed an adequate canteen shall be provided by the contractor for the use of such contract labour within sixty days of the date of coming into force of the rules in the case of the existing establishments and within 60 days of the commencement of the employment of contract labour in the case of new establishments.

(2) If the contractor fails to provide the canteen within the time laid down the same shall be provided by the principal employer within sixty days of the expiry of the time allowed to the contractor.

(3) The canteen shall be maintained by the contractor or principal employer, as the case may be, in an efficient manner.

Latrines and urinals.-

Latrines shall be provided in every establishment coming within the scope of the Act on the following scale, namely-

(a)     where females are employed, there shall be at least one latrine for every 25 females ;

(b)     where males are employed, there shall be at least one latrine for every 25 males :

Provided that where the number of males or females exceeds 100, it shall be sufficient if there is one latrine for every 25 males or females, as the case may be, up to the first 100, and one for every 50 thereafter.

First-aid facilities.-

There shall be provided and maintained by the contractor so as to be readily accessible during all working hours a first-aid box equipped with the prescribed contents at every place where contract labour is employed by him.