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Factories Act – Other Statutory Health & Welfare Measures – Washing Facility

Factories Act – Other Statutory  Health & Welfare Measures – Washing Facility

Washing facilities

Rule Prescribed under sub-section (2) of section 42

(1)This rule shall come into force, in respect of any class or description of factories, on such dates as the State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint in this behalf.

(2)There shall be provided and maintained in every factory for the use of employed persons adequate and suitable facilities for washing which shall include soap and nail brushes or other suitable means of cleaning and the facilities shall be conveniently accessible and shall be kept in a clean and orderly condition.

(3)Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provisions, the washing facilities shall include

(a)         at rough with taps or jets at intervals of not less than 61 centimetres, or

(b)         wash-basins with taps attached thereto, or

(c)          taps on stand-pipes, or

(d)         showers controlled by taps, or

(e)         circular troughs of the fountain type, provided that the Inspector may, having regard to the needs and habits of the workers, fix the proportion in which the aforementioned types of facilities shall be installed,

(f)or such other washing facilities as the Inspector may consider sufficient and suitable in the circumstances of each case.(4)

(a)Every trough and basin shall have a smooth, impervious surface and shall be fitted with a waste pipe and plug.

(b)The floor or ground under and in the immediate vicinity of every trough, tap, jet, wash-basin, stand-pipe and shower shall be so laid or finished as to provide a smooth, impervious surface and shall be adequately drained.

(5)For persons whose work involves contact with any injurious or noxious substance there shall beat at least one tap for every fifteen persons, and for persons whose work does not involve such contact the number of taps shall be as follows:

Number of workers Number of taps
Up to 20 1
21 to 35 2
36 to 50 3
51 to 150 4
151 to 200 5
Exceeding 200 but not exceeding 500 5 plus one tap for every 50 or fraction of 50
Exceeding 500 11 plus one tap for every 100 or fraction of 100