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.
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.