Schedule – V

Grinding or glazing of metals and processes incidental thereto

 

1.         Exception - (1)Nothing  in  this schedule shall apply to any factory  in  which   only repairs are carried on except any part thereof in which one or more persons are wholly or mainly employed in the grinding or glazing of metals.

 

(2)       Nothing  in this schedule except paragraph 4 shall apply to  any  grinding  or glazing of metals carried on intermittently and at which no person is employed for more than 12 hours in any week.

 

2.         Definitions - For the purposes of this schedule -

 

(a)       “grindstone”   means  a  grindstone  composed  of   natural   or   manufactured  sandstone  but does not include a metal  wheel  or cylinder into which blocks of natural or manufactured  sandstone are fitted;

 

(b)               “abrasive  wheel” means a wheel manufactured of bonded emery  or similar abrasive;

 

(c)               “grinding”  means the abrasion, by aid of mechanical  power,  of  metal, by means of a grindstone or abrasive wheel;

 

(d)               “glazing” means the abrading, polishing or finishing, by aid  of  mechanical power, of metal, by means of any wheel, buff, mop  or similar  appliance to which any abrading or polishing  substance  is attached or applied;

 

(e)               “racing”  means  the  turning  up,  cutting  or  dressing  of  a  revolving grindstone before it is brought into use for the first  time;

 

(f)                 “hacking’  means the chipping of the surface of a grindstone  by a hack or similar tool; and

 

(g)               “rodding”  means  the  dressing of the surface  of  a  revolving  grindstone by the application of a rod, bar or strip of metal to such surface.

 

3.         Equipment  for removal of dust - No racing, dry grinding or  glazing  shall be performed without -

 

(a)      a hood or other appliance so constructed, arranged, placed  and maintained as substantially to intercept the dust thrown off;

 

(b)      a  duct  of adequate size, air tight and so arranged  as  to  be capable of carrying away the dust, which duct shall be kept free from  obstruction  and shall be provided with  proper  means  of  access for inspection and cleaning, and where practicable, with a  connection  at  the end remote from the  fan  to  enable  the Inspector  to  attach  thereto  any  instrument  necessary   for  ascertaining the pressure of air in the said duct; and

 

(c)      a fan or other efficient means of producing a draught sufficient to extract the dust :

 

Provided  that  the Chief Inspector may accept any  other  appliance that is, in his opinion, as effectual for the interception,  removal and disposal of dust thrown off as a hood, duct and fan would be.

 

4.         Restriction on employment on grinding operations - Not more than one person  shall at any time perform the actual process of grinding  or glazing upon a grindstone, abrasive wheel or glazing appliance :

 

Provided  that this paragraph shall not prohibit the  employment  of  persons to assist in the manipulation of heavy or bulky articles  at any such grindstone, abrasive wheel or glazing appliance.   

 

5.         Glazing - Glazing or other processes, except processes incidental to  wet  grinding upon a grindstone shall not be carried on in any  room  in which wet grinding upon a grindstone is done.

 

6.         Hacking  and rodding - Hacking or rodding shall not be  done  unless  during the process either an adequate supply of water is laid on  at the  upper surface of the grindstone or adequate appliances for  the  interception   of   dust  are  provided  in  accordance   with   the  requirements of paragraph 3.

 

7.         Examination of dust equipment - (1) All equipment for the extraction or suppression of dust shall at least  once  in  every  six months be  examined  and  tested  by  competent  person, and any defect disclosed by such  examination and test shall be rectified as soon as practicable.

 

(2)         A register containing particulars of such examination and  tests shall be kept in Form 25.

 

 

8.         Medical  facilities and record of examinations and tests - (1)The  occupier of every factory in which grinding or  glazing  of  metals are carried out, 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; and

 

(b)               provide  to  the  said medical practitioner  all  the  necessary  facilities for the purpose referred to in clause (a).

 

(2)                The record of medical examinations and appropriate tests carried out  by the said 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.

 

9.         Medical examination by the Certifying Surgeon - (1) Every worker employed in grinding or glazing  of  metal  and  processes incidental thereto shall be examined by a Certifying Surgeon within 15 days of his  first employment. Such examination  shall  include  pulmonary  function  tests  and  in suspected cases  chest X-rays.  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 12 calendar months. Such re-examination shall,  wherever the  Certifying Surgeon  considers  appropriate, include tests as  specified  in sub-paragraph (1).

 

(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-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.

 

(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 found that continuance therein would involve special danger to the health of the worker he shall make 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 so suspended from  the  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.

 

10.       Exemption -  The Chief Inspector may by certificate  in  writing, subject  to such  conditions as he may specify therein, relax or suspend  any  of the provisions of this schedule in respect  of  any  factory  if owing to the special methods of work or otherwise  such  relaxation or suspension is practicable without danger to the health or safety of the persons employed.