Eliminate Requirement for Whitewashing all Surfaces in Factories [Factories Act]
|Reform Description||Before: Punjab Factories Act prescribed minute details like grading of whitewash and ensuring all surfaces are white washed. Inspectors used to penalize businesses for even minor violations concerning whitewashing of factory premises.
After: Now the businesses have been permitted not to compulsorily white wash the surface if it is made of the material which cannot be painted, varnished or whitewashed including marble tiles or similar material.
|Department||Directorate General of Labour Welfare, Punjab|
|Date of Implementation||14-07-2021|
|Timeline||Last 06 Months|
|Details||Difficulty||With factories now moving towards automation and modern equipment, some requirements under the relevant Factories Act are redundant or no longer necessary. One such requirement is getting all surfaces whitewashed with a specific grade of whitewash.|
|Analysis||It was analyzed that the requirement of whitewash is outdated and is not aligned with the current day requirements and international best practices to maintain hygiene, therefore, this requirement should be abolished.|
|Solution||Accordingly, the Directorate General Labor Welfare, Punjab issued an order directed the inspectors of factories not to insist for whitewash if the surface is made up of material which can be kept clean without paint, varnish or whitewash including marble tile etc.|
|Evidence||Order by Directorate General Labour Welfare, Punjab|
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