The labour ministry has published the draft Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions (Central) Rules 2020 (“Rules”). The Rules are applicable to every establishments in which 10 or more workers are employed. The rules lay down the process of registration for an establishment under the Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions 2020 (“Code”). Some of the key provisions of the Rules are as follows:
- Appointment letter: In line with provision of the Code, the Rules prescribes for the format of issuance of appointment letter to every employee containing details such as name of employee, father name, Aadhaar, category of skill, date of joining, designation etc.
- National Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Board: The rules lay down detail process for the constitution of a National Occupational Safety and Health Advisory board for the purpose of advising Central Government on matters related to standards, rules, and regulations formulated under code as well as on the policy and programme relating to occupational, safety and health.
- Working Hours and overtime: The daily working hours for a worker has been fixed as eight hours, with a weekly time limit of forty-eight hours. Further, the period of work of worker cannot exceed more than five hours without providing an interval of rest of at least half an hour. Further, workers working beyond daily and weekly hours will be entitled to overtime wages equivalent to twice of ordinarily rate of wages as payable to him.
- Maintenance of records, reports, and registers: The Rules allow employer to maintain records, reports and register in an electronic format for the purpose of compliance and inspection.
Copy of the Draft Rules can be accessed from here.
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