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Draft Labour Code On Occupational Safety, Health & Working Conditions 2018

Ministry of Labour and Employment notice dated 23rd March, 2018, reads as follows:

1. Ministry of Labour & Employment has been taking steps for simplification, amalgamation and rationalization of Central Labour Laws which is also in tandem with recommendations of 2nd National Commission on Labour.

The various existing Acts are being proposed to be subsumed in four major Labour Codes viz., Code on Wages, Code on Industrial Relations, Code of Social Security and Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions.

2. Now, the Ministry has prepared a preliminary draft on Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions, 2018, by amalgamating 13 labour laws relating to safety and health standards, health and working conditions, welfare provisions for the employees and leave and hours of work.

The following Acts have been merged.

(a) The Factories Act, 1948 (Act no. 63 of 1948)
(b) The Mines Act, 1952 (Act no. 35 of 1952)
(c) The Dock Workers (Safety, Health and Welfare) Act, 1986 (Act no. 54 of 1986)
(d) The Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996 (Act No. 27 of 1996)
(e) The Plantations Labour Act, 1951 (Act No. 69 of 1951)
(f) The Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970
(g) The Inter-State Migrant workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979
(h) The Working Journalist and other News Paper Employees (Conditions of Service and Misc. Provision) Act, 1955
(i) The Working Journalist (Fixation of rates of wages) Act, 1958
(j) The Motor Transport Workers Act, 1961
(k) Sales Promotion Employees (Condition of Service) Act, 1976
(l) The Beedi and Cigar Workers (Conditions of Employment) Act, 1966
(m) The Cine Workers and Cinema Theatre Workers Act, 1981

3. Your specific inputs/suggestions are requested on the various aspects of the code including threshold/applicability, the registration/ licensing and processes there of, National/State Occupational Safety & Health Boards, the broad aspects on working and health conditions, safety standards, welfare measures, enforcement mechanism, penalties, rule making powers of the Central and State Governments and the various items incorporated in the three schedules.

4. The preliminary draft is enclosed for inviting comments/suggestions of the various stakeholders including general public. It is requested that the comments/suggestions may be sent to this Ministry by 22nd April, 2018 on the address, i.e. Under Secretary (LRC), Ministry of Labour & Employment, Room No. 17A, Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg, New Delhi – 110 001 or through email: jk.singh68@nic.in. The suggestions/comments should be in the following format:

Draft Labour Code On Occupational Safety, Health & Working Conditions 2018

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