1. Application - This schedule shall apply to all factories in which roasting, scrubbing and shelling of cashewnuts or extracting oil from cashewnuts or cashewnut shells are carried on.
2. Prohibition of employment of women and young persons - No woman or young person shall be employed in any of the processes specified in paragraph 1 except in shelling of roasted cashewnuts.
3. Protective clothing and equipment - The occupier shall provide and maintain for the use of all persons employed in roasting and scrubbing of cashewnuts or extracting oil form cashewnuts or cashewnut shells.
(a) suitable rubber or washable leather gloves;
(b) suitable type of impervious aprons with sleeves to cover body down to knees and shoulders; and
(c) suitable type footwear to afford protection to feet and legs against cashewnut oil; and for the workers employed in cashewnut shelling, either-
(d) a protective ointment containing 10% of shellac, 5% of alcohol, 10% of sodium perborate, 5% of carbitol and 20% talc; or
(e) sufficient quantity of kaolin and coconut oil; and
(f) any other material or equipment - which the Chief Inspector of Factories may deem to be necessary for the protection of the workers.
4. Use of protective clothing and equipment - Every person employed in processes specified in paragraph 1 shall make use of protective clothing and equipment supplied and arrangements shall be made by the occupier to supervise the use, maintenance and cleanliness.
5. Disposal of shells, ashes, or oil of cashewnut - (1) shells, ashes or oil of cashewnut shall not be stored in any room in which workers are employed and shall be removed at least twice a day to any pit or enclosed place in the case shells and ashes and to closed containers kept in a separate room in the case of oil.
(2) No worker shall be allowed to handle shells or oil of cashewnuts without using the protective clothing or equipment provided under paragraph 3 above.
6. Floors of workrooms - The floor of every workroom in which processes specified in paragraph 1 are carried on, shall be of a hard material so as to be smooth and impervious and of even surface and shall be cleaned daily, and spillage of any cashewnut oil in any workroom shall be washed with soap and cleaned immediately.
7. Seating accommodation - Workers engaged in shelling of cashewnuts shall be provided with adequate seats or work benches which shall be cleaned daily.
8. Mess room.- (1) There shall be provided and maintained for the use of all person employed in processes specified in paragraph 1, a suitable restroom furnished with sufficient tables and chairs or benches.
2. Separate lockers shall be provided where food, etc. shall be stored by workers before it is consumed in the restroom.
9. Food, drinks, etc. prohibited in workrooms - No food, drink, pan, supari or tobacco shall be brought or consumed by any worker in any room in which processes specified in paragraph 1 are carried out and no person shall remain in any such room during intervals for meals or rest.
10. Washing facilities - Where roasting, scrubbing and shelling of cashewnuts or extracting oil from cashewnut or cashewnut shells is carried on, there shall be provided and maintained in a clean state and good repair washing facilities, with a sufficient supply of soap, coconut oil, nail brushes and towels at the scale of one tap or stand pipe for every 10 workers, and the taps or stand pipes shall be spaced not less than 1.2 meters apart.
11. Time allowed for washing - Before each meal and before the end of the day’s work, at least ten minutes, in addition to the regular meal times, shall be allowed for washing, to each person employed in processes specified in paragraph 1.
12. Smoke or gas produced by roasting cashewnuts - Where smoke or gas is produced in the operation of roasting, provision shall be made for removing the smoke or gas through a chimney of sufficient height and capacity or by such other arrangements as may be necessary to prevent the gas or smoke escaping into the air or any place in which workers are employed.
13. Storage of protective equipment - A suitable room or a portion of the factory suitably partitioned off, shall be provided exclusively for the storage of all the protective equipment supplied to the workers and no such equipment shall be stored in any place other than the room or places so provided.
14. Medical facilities and records of examinations and tests.- (1) The occupier of every factory to which this schedule applies, shall-
(a) employ a qualified medical practitioner for medical surveillance of the workers employed therein whose employment shall be subject to the approval of the Chief Inspector of Factories; and
(b) provide to the medical practitioner all the necessary facilities for the purpose referred to in clause (a).
(2) The said medical practitioner shall inspect daily the hands and feet of all the persons employed in the processes specified in paragraph 1.
(3) The record of such examinations carried out by the medical practitioner shall be maintained in a separate, register approved by the Chief Inspector of Factories, which shall be kept readily available for inspection by the Inspector.
(4) The first-aid box maintained shall also contain Burrough’s Solution (1:20) and aqueous solution of tannic acid (10%) for treatment of cases of dermatitis.
15. Medical examination by Certifying Surgeon - (1) Every worker employed in the processes specified in paragraph 1 shall be examined by a Certifying Surgeon within 15 days of his first employment. Such examinations shall include skin test for dermatitis and no worker shall be allowed to work after 15 days of his first employment in the factory unless certified fit for such employment by the Certifying Surgeon.
(2) Every worker employed in the said processes shall be re-examined by a Certifying Surgeon at least once in every three calendar months. Such examinations shall wherever the Certifying Surgeon considers appropriate, include asking test for dermatitis.
(3) The Certifying Surgeon after examining a worker, shall issue a Certificate of Fitness in Form 23. The record of examination and re-examinations carried out shall be entered in the Certificate and the Certificate shall be kept in the custody of the manager of the factory. The record of each examination carried out under sub-paragraph (1) and (2), including the nature and the results of these test, shall also be entered by the Certifying Surgeon in a health register in Form 24.
(4) The Certificate of Fitness and the health register shall be kept readily available for inspection by the Inspector.
(5) If at any time the Certifying Surgeon is of the opinion that a worker is no longer fit for employment in the said processes on the ground that continuance therein would involve special danger to the health of the worker, he shall make a record of his findings in the said certificate and the health register. The entry of his findings in those documents should also include the period for which he considers that the said person is unfit to work in the said process shall be provided with alternate placement facilities unless he is fully incapacitated in the opinion of the Certifying Surgeon, in which case the person affected shall be suitably rehabilitated.
(6) No person who has been found unfit to work as said in sub-paragraph (5) shall be re-employed or permitted to work in the said processes unless the Certifying Surgeon, after further examination, again certifies him fit for employment in those processes.
16. Exemption - The Chief Inspector of Factories may grant exemptions from the operation of any of these where he is satisfied that their observance is not necessary for safeguarding the health of the workers.