NDMA issues Guidelines for restarting manufacturing industries after lockdown

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NDMA issues Guidelines for restarting manufacturing industries after lockdown   May 09, 2020

The Member Seceretary, National Disaster Management Authority, Ministry of Home Affairs has issued guidelines vide letter dated 9th May 2020 for restarting manufacturing industries after lockdown.
The guidelines are generic as well as specific for certain industries.
 

Key Features of the Guidlines.

Generic guidelines for Industries
1. While restarting the unit, consider the first week as the trial or test run period; ensure all safety protocols; and not try to achieve high production targets.

2. To minimize the risk it is important that employees who work on specific equipment are sensitized and madeaware of the need toidentify abnormalities like strange sounds or smell, exposed wires, vibrations, leaks, smoke, abnormal wobbling, irregular grinding or other potentially hazardous signs which indicate the need for an immediate maintenance or if required shutdown.

3. Especially during the Covid-19 times, ensure all lockout and tagout procedures are in place on a daily basis (not applicable for units running 24hrs).

4. Inspection of all equipment as per the safety protocols duringthe restart phase

5. In case the industry has any difficulty in managing crucial bakcward linkages that may be critical for their safe functioning, they should approach the local district administration for specific assistance. District Magistrates may be instructed to ensure that in such instances, the industrial unit may be facilitated to run their end to end operations, in the overall interests of industrial security.
 
Guidelines for the workers
1. Ensure 24 -hour sanitisation of the factory premises.
a. Factories need to maintain a sanitisation routine every two-three hours especially in the common areas that include lunch rooms and common tables which will have to be wiped clean with disinfectants after every single use.
b. For accommodation, sanitisation needs to be performed regularly to ensure worker safety and reduce spread of contamination.
 
2. Entrance health checks
a. Temperature checks of all employees to be done twice a day.
b. Workers showing symptoms should not report to work.
 
3. Provisions of hand sanitisers and mask to all employers.
a. Providing gloves, masks and hand sanitisers to be done at all factories and manufacturing units.
 
4. COVID 19 health and prevention staff education
a. Education on safety steps to take from entry to exit in the factory
b. Measures to take precautions at personal level
 
5. Quarantine measures for supply and storage of goods
a. Sterilise boxes and wrapping brought into factory premises
b. Isolate and sanitise finished goods as appropriate
c. Delivery of goods in shifts
 
6. Physical distancing measures
a. Create physical barriers to ensure the physical distance within the work floor and dining facilities
b. Provide face protection shields along with masks and PPEs.
 
7. Working in shifts
a. Factories that work 24 hours at full production capacity should consider one hour gap between shifts, except factories/plants requiring continuous operations.
b. Managerial and administrative staff should work one shift at 33 per cent capacity as per MHA guidelines; but while deciding which particular person to be included in 33% at any given point of time, overriding priority should be given to personnel dealing with safety.
c. Ensure no sharing of tools or workstations to the extent possible. Provide additional sets of tools if needed.
 
8. Scenario plan on discovering a positive case
a. Factories have to prepare accommodation to isolate workers, if needed.
b. HR has to help manage the whole process for individual, all travelling employees also to undergo a mandatory14-day quarantine
 
9. Presence of skilled workers
a. Workers involved in dealing with hazardous material must be skilled and experienced in the field. No compromise on deployment of such workers should be permitted when an industrial unit is opened up
 
Text of the Letter from the Member Secretary and the guidelines 

 

 

 

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