Schedule – II

Electrolytic plating or oxidation of metal articles by use of an electrolyte containing acids, bases or salts of metals such as chromium, nickel, cadmium, zinc, copper, silver, gold etc.



1.                  Definitions - For the  purposes of this Schedule –


(a)       “electrolytic  process”  means   the  electrolytic  plating    or  oxidation  of  metal  articles  by the  use  of  an  electrolyte containing  acids  ,bases or salts of metals such  as  chromium, nickel, cadmium, zinc,  copper, silver, gold, etc.


(b)                “bath”  means  any vessel used for an  electrolytic  process  or  for any subsequent  process; and


(c)        “employed  “ means employed in any process  involving  contact   with liquid from a bath.


2.                  Exhaust draught - An efficient exhaust draught shall be applied to every vessel in which an electrolytic process is carried on. Such draught shall be provided by mechanical means and shall operate on the vapour or spray given off in the process as near as may be at the point of origin.  The exhaust draught appliance shall be so constructed, arranged and maintained as to prevent the vapour or spray entering into any room or place in which work is carried on.


3.                  Prohibition relating to women and young persons -  No women, adolescent or child shall be employed or permitted to work at a bath.


4.                  Floor of workrooms - The floor of every workroom containing a bath shall be impervious to water.  The floor shall be maintained in good and level condition and shall be washed down at least once a day.


5.                  Protective devices  -


(1)       The  occupier shall provide and maintain in good and clean condition the following articles of protective devices for the use of all persons employed on any process at which they are  liable to come in contact  with liquid  from a bath  and such   devices  shall be worn by the persons concerned


(a)       waterproof aprons and bibs; and

(b)       for persons  actually working at a bath, loose  fitting  rubber  gloves   and  rubber boots  or other  waterproof  footwear,  and chemical  goggles.


(2)       The occupier  shall provide and maintain for the  use  of  all  persons   employed suitable accommodation for the  storage and drying of protective devices.


6.         Water facilities  -


(1)       There  shall be provided and maintained in good repairs for  the   use  of  all  persons  employed  in  electrolytic  process   and processes incidental  to it-

(a)       a wash place  under cover, with either-

(i)         a trough  with a smooth impervious surface filled   with  a  waste pipe , and of  sufficient length to allow at least  60cms  for  every 5 persons  employed at any  one  time, and having  a constant supply of water from taps or  jets  above the trough at intervals of not more than 60cms, or


(ii)        at  least   one  wash  basis for  every  five  such  persons  employed  at  any  one time, fitted with a  waste  pipe  and   having a constant supply of  water laid on.

(b)       a sufficient  supply  of clean  towels  renewed  daily, and soap  or other suitable cleaning  material.


(2)       In  addition  to the facility  in sub-paragraph 1, an  approved  type emergency shower with eye fountain shall be provided and maintained in good working order. Whenever necessary, in   order to  ensure continuous water supply, storage tank of 1500  litres capacity  shall  be   provided as a source of  clean  water  for emergency use.


7.         Cautionary placard -  A cautionary placard in the form specified   below  and printed in the language of the majority of the workers employed  shall  be affixed  in a prominent place in the factory where  it can be  easily  and conveniently  read by the workers.



Electrolytic Plating


1.         Chemicals    handled   in  this   plant   are   corrosive   and   poisonous. 


2.                   Smoking, chewing tobacco, eating food or drinking, in this  area  is  prohibited .  No food  stuff or drink  shall be  brought  in  this area. 


3.                   Some of these chemicals may be absorbed through the skin and may  cause poisoning .


4.                   A good  wash shall be taken before  meals.


5.                   Protective devices  supplied  shall be used while  working in this  area.


6.                   Spillage of the chemicals on any part of the body or on the floor  shall be immediately washed away with water.


7.                   All workers  shall report for the prescribed medical tests regularly to protect their own health.


8.                  Medical  facilities  and records of examinations and tests.- (1) The  occupier of every factory in which  

            electrolytic  processes  are carried  on shall  -


(a)                employ a qualified medical practitioner for medical surveillance of  the  workers employed  therein  whose appointment  shall  be subject to the approval of the Chief Inspector of Factories;


(b)                Provide to  the said medical practitioner all  the necessary facilities for the purpose referred to in clause (a); and


(c)                maintain  a  sufficient supply of suitable barrier cream, ointment and impermeable water proof plaster in a separate  box readily   accessible  to  the workers ad  used  solely  for  the   purpose of keeping these substances.  In case cyanides are  used  in the both , the box shall also contain an  emergency  cyanide kit.


(2)       The medical  practitioner shall examine all workers before  they   are  employed  in electrolytic processes. Such   examination  in case  of  chrome plating shall includes  inspection  of  hands,   forearms   and  nose and will be carried  out once at  least  in   every fortnight


(3)       The  record   of the examinations referred  to  in  sub-paragraph (2)shall  be maintained in a separate register approved by  Chief  Inspector   of  Factories which shall be kept  readily  available   for inspection by the Inspector.



9.         Medical examination by the Certifying Surgeon - (1) Every worker employed in the electroytic processes shall be examined by a Certifying Surgeon before his first  employment  Such  examination shall include  X-ray of the chest and –


       (a)      in  case  of chromium plating include  examination  for  nasal   septum perforation and test  for chromium in urine;


(b)            in case of nickel platting, test for nickel  in urine; and


(c)             in  case  of cadmium plating, test for cadmium in urine  and  -2 microglobulin in urine.


(2)       No  worker shall be employed in any electrolytic process  unless   certified fit for such  employment by the Certifying Surgeon.


(3)       Every  worker employed in the electrolytic processes  shall  be  re-examined by a Certifying Surgeon at least once in every year,  except in case of the workers employed  in cadmium, chromium and  nickel  plating  processes  for whom this examination  shall be carried  our  once in every six months.  Such re-examination shall,  wherever the  Certifying Surgeon  considers  appropriate,  include  tests as specified  under sub-paragraph  (1) excluding  the  X-ray of the chest which shall not be required normally  to  be carried  out earlier  then once in three  years.


(4)       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 kept in the custody  of  the  manager of the factory.  The record  of  each   examination  carried  out  under  sub-paragraphs (1) and (2)   including  the  nature  and the results of the tests, shall also be  entered  by   the  Certifying Surgeon in a health  register in Form 24.


(5)       The  certificate  of fitness and the  health register  shall  be  kept readily available  for inspection by the Inspector.


(6)       If at any time  the Certifying  Surgeon  is of the opinion  that   a worker  is no  longer fit for employment in the  electrolytic  processes  on the ground that continuance therein would  involve  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 for work in the said processes. The person declared unfit in such circumstances shall be provided with alternate placement facility unless he is fully incapacitated in the opinion of the Certifying Surgeon in which  case the  person affected  shall be suitably rehabilitated.


(7)       No  person  who has been found unfit to work as  said  in  sub-paragraph (6) 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 these processes.