ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF A SAFETY OFFICER

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of workmen are also factories if State Govt. safety and welfare of workers. Controls & co-ordinates all Factory Inspectorates through Directorate General Factory Advice Service & Labour Institutes ( DGFASLI).power to make statutory rules to supplement the provisions. – Eg: rice mills. . floor mills.CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH LED TO THE PROVISION OF SAFETY OFFICER  Factories Act.10 or more workmen without power & 20 or more with power. Workplaces with lesser no.Inspector of Factories under State govt . issues notifications.  Act enforced. 1948 – central enactment – occupational health.  The Ministry of Labour – Central Govt responsible.  Factory.

a new provision for appointment of safety officers was added in factories with 1000 or more workers or workers working in hazardous or dangerous operations if notified by the State Government. Also. cranes.  Special Equipments for eyes.  The original law stated that the employers were supposed to provide safe machinery and equipment with guards at all points when the machines were running. hoists)were to be provided. no machine was to be cleaned during it’s working.  In 1976. and workers working at large heights (viz – lifts. . unless in special circumstances.

. • First Inspection Forms for the use of Factory Inspectors & • Factory Inspection Report for second and subsequent inspections by Factory Inspectors.TAMILNADU’S FACTORIES ACT 1950  The TAMILNADU’S Factories act says that the Inspector of Factories is responsible for enforcing the Factories Act 1948 & the 13 Labour enactments which come under the TAMILNADU’S Factories Act. 1950.  Inspections conducted periodically should have the following inspection forms.

Inspector of 3.No . Joint Chief Factories. . 2. Factories employing above 200 workers upto 1000 workers except those engaged in dangerous operations. Chief Inspector of Factories. Plans related to Approved by 1. Factories employing 200 and less workers except those engaged in Deputy Chief Inspector of Factories. Dangerous operations.Sl. Factories employing more than 1000 workers and all factories engaged in dangerous operations.

Creche.ASPECTS CONCERNING SAFETY MANAGEMENT IN FACTORIES  SAFETY POLICY  APPOINTMENT OF SAFETY OFFICERS  SAFETY COMMITTEE  OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH CENTRES. Ambulance)  WELFARE MEASURES (Canteen. Shelter rooms)  ON SITE EMERGENCY PLANS  SAFETY REPORTS  SAFETY AUDITS  HAZOP STUDIES .(FMO.

SAFETY POLICY  Rule 62(B) under the TAMILNADU’S FACTORIES ACT . 41B(2) & 112 requires the preparation of a written statement of safety policy with respect to the health & safety of workers at factories meeting the following criteria. • Units covered under Section 2m(ii) of the Factories Act & employing more than 100 workers. • units covered under Section 87 of the Factories Act. • Units covered under Section 2(cb) of the Factories Act. . • Units covered under Section 2m(i) of the Factories Act & employing more than 50 workers. framed under the provisions of Section 7A(3).

SAFETY POLICY (2000) S. No. of factories requiring Safety Policy No. MAH Units 100 99 . Factories employing 250 or more workers 551 480 2. Type of factories No. of factories having Safety Policy 1.

SAFETY OFFICERS  Safety officers must be in every factory. • if the State Govt. which process or operation involves any risk of bodily injury. gives a notification. in the opinion of the State Government. the occupier will have to mandatorily employ the no. or any hazard to health. conditions of service of Safety officers shall be such as may be prescribed by the state Govt. poisoning or disease. • The duties. . qualifications . to the persons employed in the factory. of safety officers stated in the notification. • Wherein one thousand or more workers are ordinarily employed or • Wherein. any manufacturing process or operation is carried on.

of Safety Officers appointed Description of factories No.SAFETY OFFICERS (2000) No. of Safety Officers required to be appointed No. of factories a) Factories employing 1000 or more workers and notified under Section 40-B(1)(i) 100 111 106 b) Factories notified under Section 40-B (1)(ii) 30 30 24 .

. However. 1950 framed under the provisions of Section 41 and 41-G of the Factories Act.SAFETY COMMITTEE The Rule 61-M of the Tamil Nadu Factories Rules. 1948 and employing more than 50 workers c) Units covered under Section 2(cb) of the Factories Act. 1948 require constitution of Safety Committee in the factories meeting the following criteria:a) Units employing 250 or more workers b) Units covered under Section 87 of the Factories Act. 1948 and employing more than 50 workers As per information available 1024 units required constitution of Safety Committees. only 743 units have constituted Safety Committees.

of factories requiring Safety Committee No. Type of factories No.SAFETY COMMITTEE (2000) S.No. of factories having Safety Committee Factories employing 250 or more workers (i) 924 645 (ii) MAH Units 100 98 .

Carrying out the role involves:  assisting with promoting occupational health and safety awareness. in consultation with the Zone OHS Committee. The main role of a Safety Officer is to act as a focal point for all occupational health and safety matters arising at the particular location. .SAFETY OFFICER RULES  Each Safety Officer should have some delegated authority in occupational health and safety matters which will be determined by the department heads to whom they report.  The appointment of a Safety Officer does not diminish the particular responsibilities of department heads and supervisors or the primary responsibility of every individual for maintaining occupational health and safety standards.

•advising on occupational health and safety problems or obtaining advice on unfamiliar problems from Occupational Health and Safety or other sources. and dealing with health and safety issues in line with the procedures detailed in the Appendix to the Occupational Health and Safety Policy. •investigating and reporting on all incidents. •liaison with Occupational Health and Safety including providing requested information to Occupational Health and Safety. •Co-operation and liaison with occupational health and safety representative(s) on occupational health and safety activities in their zone or department in line with the procedures detailed in the Appendix to the Occupational Health and Safety Policy. •bringing to the attention of staff and students. . •bringing to the attention of the relevant department heads unresolved occupational health and safety problems. injuries and occupational health problems and notifying Occupational Health and Safety of incidents and hazards in line with reporting requirements. occupational health and safety hazards associated with their work.

the relevant department heads(s) should make arrangements for OHS matters to be directed to a deputy safety officer or the health and safety representative covering that area.Absences from Duty by Safety Officers If a safety officer is absent from duty. .

TRAINING •Safety officers are required to attend a minimum of 2 days Occupational Health and Safety training per year in order to effectively fulfill their Occupational Health and Safety roles. •Newly appointed safety officers are required to attend the following Occupational Health and Safety training courses in the first 6 months of their appointment: •Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety (1 day) OR the following separate modules •Monash policies and procedures (2 hours) •Hazard & incident management (2 hours) •Risk management workshop (2 hours) •Workplace safety inspections (2 hours) •Emergency warden training (2 hours) •Prevention of Occupational Bullying & Violence at Monash .

The Safety Officer maintains awareness of active and developing situations. The Safety Officer ensures there are safety messages in each Incident Action Plan. The Safety Officer ensures the Site Safety and Health Plan is prepared and implemented. although the Safety Officer may exercise emergency authority to prevent or stop unsafe acts when immediate action is required. The Safety Officer will correct unsafe acts or conditions through the regular line of authority. .SAFETY OFFICER.RESPONSIBILITIES  The Safety Officer is responsible for monitoring and assessing     hazardous and unsafe situations and developing measures to assure personnel safety.

as necessary.  During initial response. including incidents operating under Unified Command and multijurisdiction incidents. . The Safety Officer may have assistants. exposure assessment and controls.  Review the Incident Action Plan for safety implications.  Investigate accidents that have occurred within incident areas.  Ensure preparation and implementation of Site Safety and Health Plan (SSHP)  Assign assistants and manage the incident safety organization. and the assistants may also represent assisting agencies or jurisdictions. document the hazard analysis process.  Exercise emergency authority to prevent or stop unsafe acts. Only one Safety Officer will be assigned for each incident.  Participate in planning meetings to identify any health and safety concerns inherent in the operations daily workplan. hazard identification.

 Provide on scene fatigue monitoring for work-rest regimen recommendations.FUNCTIONS OF THE SAFETY STAFF  Site Safety Officer Assistant:  Provide assistance to the Safety Officer.  Site Characterization and Monitoring:  Initial on scene hazard assessment of the incident. . Ensure all Safety functions continue when the Safety Officer is attending meetings.  Deploy on scene immediately and report back to Safety Officer  Ensure workers are safely monitored by use of passive dosimeters.  Provide heat or cold stress monitoring. using WBGT or other measuring device.

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