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Factories Act – Statutory Appointments – Medical Officer

Factories Act – Statutory Appointments – Medical Officer

(1) For factories employing up to 50 workers

(a)The services of a qualified medical practitioner hereinafter known as Factory Medical Officer, available on retainer ship basis, in his notified clinic near to the factory for seeking medical help during an emergency. He will also carry out the pre-employment and periodical medical examinations as stipulated in paragraph 4 of this part.

(b)A minimum of five persons trained in first-aid procedures, amongst whom at least one shall always be available during the working period

(c) A fully equipped first-aid box.

(2) For factories employing 51 to 200 workers

(a)The occupational health centre shall have a room having a minimum floor area of 1.5 sq. m. with floors and walls made of smooth, hard and impervious surfaces and shall be adequately illuminated, ventilated and equipped.

(b)Apart-time Factory Medical Officer will be in overall charge of the Centre who shall visit the factory minimum twice in a week and whose services shall be readily available during emergencies.

(c)There shall be one qualified and trained dresser-Cum-compounder on duty throughout the working period.

(d)A fully equipped first aid box.

(3) For factories employing above 200 workers.

(a)There shall be one full-time factory Medical Officer for factories employing up to 500 workers and one more Medical Officer for every 1,000 workers or part thereof.

(b)The occupational health centre, in this case, shall have a minimum of 2 rooms each having a minimum floor area of 15 square meters with floors and walls made of smooth, hard and impervious surfaces and shall be adequately illuminated, ventilated and equipped.

(c)There shall be one trained nurse, one dresser-Cum-compounder and one sweeper-cum-ward boy throughout the working period.

(d)The Occupational Health Centre, in this case, shall be suitably equipped to manage medical emergencies.