Shimla: Today, celebrating the National Safety Day in Himachal Pradesh, state Food and Civil Supplies Minister who also holds the portfolio of Labour and Employment â€“ Ramesh Dhawala said that Factory Act, 1948 was under implementation for safeguarding the interests of factory workers and Labour Department was ensuring the same by conducting inspections from time to time and added that the Department also ensures the use of safety equipment in factories.
He also said that a training programme was held by the Department in coordination with Regional Labour Institute Faridabad for small-scale industries in Nalagarh industrial area recently to create awareness about safety measures.
He added that the main cause of accidents was lack of awareness among people regarding the safety laws and the importance of safety was increasing with the progress in technology and industrial units, homes, offices, road and air traffic fall under the purview of safety management.
The Factories Act, 1948 applies to the industries in which ten or more than ten workers are employed on any day of the preceding twelve months and are engaged in manufacturing process being carried out with the aid of power or twenty or more than twenty workers are employed in manufacturing process being carried out without the aid of power.
This Act provides for a maximum punishment up to two years and or a fine up to Rs. one lakh or both.