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Factories Act – Other Statutory Health & Welfare Measures – Ambulance room
(1)The ambulance room shall be separately situated from the factory premises. It shall be kept open when any work is being carried on in the factory and shall be used only for the purposes of first-aid treatment and rest. It shall have a floor area of at least 24 square meters and shall be adequately ventilated and lighted by natural and artificial means. The floor and walls shall be a smooth, bard and impervious. 146[There shall be attached to it at least one latrine and urinal of sanitary type].
(2) An adequate supply of wholesome drinking water shall be provided in the ambulance room which shall also contain at least
(i) One screen;
(ii) A table with a smooth top at least 180 cm. x 105 cm.;
(iii) Three chairs;
(iv) A couch;
(v) Two stretchers;
(vi) A glazed sink with hot and cold water always available;
(vii) Two buckets or containers with close-fitting lids;
(viii) A kettle and spirit stove or other suitable means of boiling water;
(ix) Means for sterilizing instrument;
(x) Two rubber hot water bags:
(xi) Six woollen blankets;
(xii) Six hand towels;
(xiii) Four cakes of antiseptic soap;
(xiv) Two medium-size sponges;
(xv) A stethoscope:
(xvi) Two clinical thermometers;
(xvii) One electric hand torch;
(xviii) Four kidney trays;
(xix) Two glass tumblers;
(xx) Two wine glasses;
(xxi) Two graduated measuring glasses (120 ml.);
(xxii) Two mini-measuring glasses;
(xxiii) Two teaspoons;
(xxiv) One wash bottle (1,000 cc.) for washing eyes:
(xxv) Three surgical scissors;
(xxvi) Three pairs of artery forceps;
(xxvii) Three dissecting forceps;
(xxviii) Three dressing forceps;
(xxix) Three scalpels;
(xxx) Needle holder;
(xxxi) Syringes with needles 2 cc., 5 cc., 10 cc., and 50 cc.;
(xxxii) Suturing needles and materials;
(xxxiii) Rubber bandage—Pressure bandage;
(xxxiv) Twelve plain wooden splints, 350 mm. x 75 mm. X 6 mm.;
(xxxv) Twelve plain wooden splints 900 mm. x 100 mm. X 6 min.;
(xxxvii) An adequate supply of antitetanus toxiod;
(xxxviii) One bottle (120 ml.) of Spiritus Ammoniac Aromaticus
(xxxix) Smelling salts (60 gm.);
(xl)Tablets: Anithistamine, Antispasmodic (25 each);
(xli) Onebottle(oneliter) carboliclotion 1 in 20; (xlii)Coramine liquid (60 ml.);
(xliii) Injections ; Morphia, pethedine, atropine, adrenaline, coramine, novocaine (6 each);
(xliv) Oxygen cylinder with necessary attachments;
(xlv) Four first-aid boxes or cupboards stocked to the scale, specified for Class C under Rule 63.
(3) The ambulance room shall be in charge of a qualified medical practitioner assisted by at least one qualified nurse and such staff as the Chief Inspector may deem necessary and direct in writing from time to time.
Explanation: For the purpose of this sub-rule, the expression “Qualified Medical Practitioner” means a person holding a qualification granted by an authority specified in the schedule to the Indian Medical Degrees Act. 1916 (Central Act VII of 1916), or in the schedule to the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 (Central Act 102 of 1956).
(4) A prominent notice containing the following particulars shall be displayed at a conspicuous place in the ambulance room
(a) the name, address and telephone number of the medical practitioner in charge; and
(b) the name of the nearest hospital and its telephone number.
(5) The occupier of every factory to which sub-section (3) of section 45 of the Act and this rule (Rule 64) apply shall make all necessary arrangements for the expeditious removal in a suitable conveyance of serious cases of accident or sickness in the factory for further treatment to the nearest Government or other hospitals, where the requisite facilities for the further treatment of such cases are available.
(6) The Chief Inspector may, by an order in writing, exempt any factory from the requirement soft his rule, subject to such conditions as he may specify in that order if a properly equipped dispensary or hospital is available at or within one kilometre of the precincts of the factory and such arrangements are made by the occupier as to ensure the immediate treatment therein, of all injuries sustained by workers within the factory and for pro-viding rest to the injured workers.