Norms issued for restart of industrial units
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- The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued a series of guidelines for restarting manufacturing industries after the lockdown period.
- Guidelines also pertain to chemical disasters, management of chemical (terrorism) disasters, and strengthening of safety and security for transport of petroleum, oil and lubricants (POL) tankers.
- The State governments have been told to ensure, through the district officials concerned, that the off-site disaster management plan of the respective major accident hazard (MAH) units are up to date.
- All lockout and tagout procedures should be in place on a daily basis (not applicable for units running 24 hours).
- The equipment are to be inspected as per safety protocols.
- The units should approach local district administration for specific assistance.
- Storage facilities have to be inspected for any signs of spills, wear and tear.
- Check for already opened storage vessels, containers, bags or silos for possible oxidation/chemical reaction/rusting/ rotting etc.
- Before entering the storage areas, proper ventilation and lighting has to be ensured.
- The employers should provide hand santisers, masks, face protection shields and PPEs, ensure 24-hour sanitisation of the factory premises, accommodation of workers should also be sanitised regularly, and their temperature checked twice a day.
- The staff should be educated on COVID-19 health and prevention, quarantine measures for supply and storage of goods, isolation and sanitisation of finished goods and delivery of goods in shifts.
- Barriers should be created to ensure the physical distance within the work floor and dining facilities.
- Factories have to prepare accommodation to isolate workers, if needed.