The Directorate General of Factory Advice Service & Labour Institutes (DGFASLI), formerly known as Chief Adviser of Factories, was set up in 1945 in Delhi, with the objective of advising the Central and State Governments on administration of the Factories Act, 1948 and liaising with factories inspection services in the States.  The office was subsequently shifted to Mumbai in 1966.

DGFASLI achieved significant importance as an attached office of the ministry of Labour, Government of India serving as a technical arm to assist the Ministry in formulation of National policies on Occupational Safety and Health in Factories and Docks.

The Dock Workers (Safety, Health and Welfare) Act 1986 and the Regulations 1990 provide for Safety, Health and Welfare of dock workers.  These are enforced by the DGFASLI through the Inspectorates of Dock Safety set up in all the major ports in India.

DGFASLI organisation comprises of the headquarters, the 5 Labour Institutes and 11 Inspectorates of Dock Safety.

·         Headquarter situated in Mumbai.

·         Central Labour Institute in Mumbai.

·         Regional Labour Institutes in Kolkata, Chennai, Kanpur and Faridabad.

·         Inspectorates of Dock Safety at Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Kandla, Mormugao, Tuticorin, New Mangalore, Cochin, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Jawaharlal Nehru Port.

In 1959, the Central Labour Institute, Mumbai was established under UNDP Project as a socio-economic laboratory and as a national institute dealing with scientific study of all human aspects of industrial development.  Subsequently, Regional Labour Institutes are the scale down version of CLI and were established at Kolkata, Kanpur and Chennai to serve as Regional Centres.  The Regional Labour Institute at Faridabad is under construction.

The Labour Institutes are fully equipped with necessary laboratory facilities for conducting studies and surveys in the field of safety and health.  The Institutes are also having conference facilities fully supported with modern audio-visual equipment.  Industrial Safety, Health and Welfare Centers are also established at these Labour Institutes.  Apart from this Mobile Safety Exhibition Vans are also available for taking the message of Safety and Health to the doorsteps of factories.  Training Centers and Safety Exhibition Centers are also established in some of the inspectorates of dock safety.


            The DGFASLI headquarters at Mumbai maintains overall liaison with the labour institutes, frames policy, plans and executes the programme concerning the organisation on matters pertaining to safety, health and welfare of workers in industries and docks and implements technical projects and liaises with national and international agencies.  The headquarters consists of the following divisions:

  1. Factory Advice Service,
  2. Dock Safety,
  3. Construction Safety, and
  4. Awards.


            The Central and State Governments on related matters.  The activities include interpretation of the provisions of the Act and the Rules, formulation of Model Rules, recommending amendments to the provisions of the Factories Act and the Rules whenever necessary, issue of technical guidelines, organizing and conducting training for Inspectors of Factories, recommending approval of flameproof equipment for use in the factories, review and comment on documents on safety and health from the International Labour Organisation and other international agencies and participation in international programmes.

            A conference of the Chief Inspectors of Factories of the States is convened annually for the purpose of obtaining their views and suggestions regarding the changes that need to be made in the Act and Rules to meet the changing conditions brought about by new technology.

            The division has also been organizing training for Fellow from developing countries under various technical assistance programmes of the government such as COLOMBO Plan, Special Commonwealth African Assistance Programme (SCAAP), etc.


            The statistical cell under the division collects and compiles accident statistics and other information related to the administration of the Factories Act and Rules framed there under.  This information base is used in planning and implementation of national policies concerning occupational safety and health. This information is also used to prepare replies to the various Parliament questions.


            The office of the Chief Adviser of Factories, presently known as DGFASLI drafted the Indian Dock Labourers Regulations, 1948 under the Indian Dock Labourers Act, 1934.  The Chief Adviser of Factories started administering the Regulations from 1948 in the five major ports of Mumbai,, Calcutta, Madras, Cochin and Visakhapatnam through the three Inspectorates of Dock Safety set up in Mumbai, Calcutta and Madras.  Besides these Regulations, the Dock Workers (Safety, Health and Welfare) Scheme, 1961 framed under the Dock Workers (Regulation of Employment) Act 1948 was also enforced by the Inspectorates of Dock Safety in the major ports.  Subsequently, six more ports namely, Paradip, Tuticorin, New Mangalore, Mormugoa, Kandla and Nhava-Sheva, which has been renamed as Jawaharlal Nehru Port, were declared as major ports.

            Consequent to the recommendation of the First National Commission on Labour (Gajendranagar Commission) a common comprehensive law on safety and health of dock workers titled the Dock Workers (Safety, Health and Welfare) Act, 1986 was framed and made applicable from 15th April, 1987.  Under this Act a set of comprehensive regulations called the Dock Workers (Safety, Health and Welfare) Regulations 1990 was framed and brought into force with effect from 18th March 1990 and thereby repealing the earlier regulations and scheme. The new Act and Regulations are in line with the ILO Convention 152 concerning safety and health in dock work.  The Director General, FASLI is the Chief Inspector of Dock Safety and the administration of these dock safety statutes is carried out by the Ministry of Labour through DSGFASLI, Mumbai.

            The DGFASLI is also entrusted with the responsibility of enforcing the Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemicals Rules 1989 framed under the Environment (Protection) Act 1986, in the port sector.

            The main focus of the Dock Safety division is on:

·         Administering the Dock Workers (Safety, Health and Welfare) Act, 1986 and the Dock Workers (Safety, Health and Welfare) Regulations 1990 framed there under involving administrative approval of decisions arising out of enforcement of the Statutes by the Chief Inspector of Dock Safety and fixing inspection priorities, etc. in all the eleven major ports.

·         Proposing amendments to the existing Dock Safety Legislation.

·         Enforcing the Environment (Protection) Act and the Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemicals Rules, 1989 framed thereunder and the Marking of Heavy Packages, Act, 1951 and the Rules made thereunder.

·         Planning and policy making.

·         Advisory services to the Port Authorities, Dock Labour Boards, Stevedores and other employers of dock workers.

·         Organising international training programmes for port officials from developing countries.

·         Publishing Annual Reports on the administration of the Dock Workers (Safety, Health and Welfare) Act and the Regulations framed thereunder.

The enforcement function is carried out through the ten inspectorates located at the major ports with their regional inspectorates in Mumbai, Calcutta and Madras.  These Inspectorates of Dock Safety are responsible for carrying out the following major activities:


·         Inspection of ships, docks, loose gear, lifting appliances, transport equipment, etc.

·         Investigation of accidents.

·         Launching of prosecutions.

Training :

·         Carrying out safety studies and surveys through a multi-disciplinary approach.

·         Organising and conducting training courses on safety and health.

Advisory Services:

Rendering Technical advice to;

·         The port authorities.

·         Other employers of dock workers.

·         Port users.

Safety Promotional activities;

·         Organising / participating in safety promotional activities such as celebration of Dock Safety Weeks.

·         Functioning as representatives of the Chief Inspector of Dock Safety on the Dock Safety Committees at ports.


            The Awards division of DGFASLI, Mumbai operates two national level awards Schemes namely National Safety Awards (NSA) & Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar (VRP).  Govt. of India, Ministry of Labour & Employment in 1965, instituted these two schemes.  National Safety Awards Scheme was instituted to give recognition to outstanding performance on the part industrial establishments and ports to stimulate and maintained the interest of both the management and workers in accident prevention and safety promotion Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar was instituted to recognize workers employed in factories, docks and construction sites at the national level for their outstanding suggestions that result in increased efficiency, productivity, quality, safety and working conditions including import substitution at the plant level.

            The Awards division also provides technical support and secretarial assistance to the Prime Minister’s Shram Awards Schemes being operated by the Ministry of Labour & Employment.  The objective of the Prime Minister’s Shram Awards Scheme is to recognize the workmen both from public and private sector organizations at the national level for their outstanding contributions, distinguished record of performance and devotion to duty of a high order.


            The Central Labour Institute (CLI), Mumbai was conceived by the Government of India during the first 5-year Plan as a center for research, training and consultancy on the various aspects of industrial work related to the human factor.  The Institute commenced its activities in a rented building in 1961.  The first Prime Minister of India, Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, laid the foundation stone of the CLI building.  It was shifted to its present premises in 1966 when Late Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan inaugurated the building on 9th February 1966, the then President of India.

            The activities of the institute are geared to improve work methods and working conditions so as to enhance the safety, health and productivity of the industrial workers and in general, his quality of work life.  In this endeavor the CLI interacts with the state factory inspectorates, employers’ associations, trade unions, and professional bodies and institutes concerned with the matter.  Further, the ILO/ARPLA has designated the institute as a center of excellence for training in labour administration for Asian and Pacific countries.  It is the national center of International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre (CIS, ILO Geneva) for India.  It is also the Indian Centre for International Occupational Labour Organisation (ILO).  Its activities are spread all over the country with main emphasis on the factories located in the western states of the country.

            The divisions in CLI are organized as given below:

  1. Industrial Safety
  2. Industrial Hygiene
  3. Industrial Medicine
  4. Industrial Physiology
  5. Staff Training
  6. Industrial Psychology
  7. Productivity
  8. Major Accident Hazards Control
  9. Management Information System
  10. Communication
  11. Small Scale Cell.
  12. Environmental Engineering Division.


            The Industrial Safety Division provides inputs aimed at the improvement of working conditions and safety standards in factories and docks through training, consultancy, field studies, surveys and also undertaking safety promotional activities. It contributes towards:

·                     Evolution of a safety movement in the country

·                     Creation of national awareness on safety

·                     Development of infra-structure on safety at national level through competence building

·                     Training of Inspectors of Factories and technical support for effective enforcement of Factories Act, 1948 by providing latest techniques

·                     Arranging training for enforcement officials from the Developing Countries.

Studies and Surveys

National surveys are undertaken to study the prevailing status of working conditions, standards and the level of safety performance in particular industries and operations as is necessary for planning.

            Unit level studies are carried out with the objective of assessing the safety related problems and formulating recommendations for improvement for the benefit of the unit.

            Consultancy studies are undertaken in the areas of Occupational Safety, at the request of the Managements or Government Agencies like Factory Inspectorates. The objective is to assess the deviation from safety norms and standards and recommending feasible corrective steps.


            In keeping with its pioneering role in the field of industrial safety, the Division has been conducting training for the benefit of foreign delegates, comprising Factory Inspectors and Labour Administrators under various technical cooperation schemes such as Colombo Plan, Special Commonwealth African Assistance Programme (SCAAP), and Commonwealth Fellowship for technical co-operation and nominees from ILO, Geneva.

            Specialized training courses are conducted for identified target groups such as Senior Managers, Safety Officers, Supervisors, Competent Persons, Trade Union Officials and Safety Committee Members from the industry. Significant courses are:

·                     Basic Course for Inspectors of Factories nominated by State Governments.

·                     Refresher course for Senior Inspectors nominated by State Governments.

·                     Testing and examination of lifting machinery, lifting tackles and pressure vessels

·                     Safety audit

·                     Refresher course for Safety Officers

·                     Training program for Trade Union Leaders

·                     Functioning of Safety Committees

·                     Safety Management Techniques and Loss Control in Industries

·                     Industrial Ventilation, Noise and Illumination Hazards

Advanced Diploma in Industrial Safety

            A One Year full time Advanced Diploma Course in Industrial Safety (ADIS) is conducted with the objective of providing qualified Safety Officers to the Industrial, Construction and Port Sectors to enable them to meet with statutory obligations.


            The Division has the following facilities:

·                     Industrial Safety, Health and Welfare Center

·                     Workshop

Industrial Safety, Health and Welfare Center:

            A unique center for arousing awareness on Safety and Health. The Industrial Safety, Health and Welfare Center demonstrates methods, arrangements and appliances for promoting safety and health awareness of workers. This center has working models and exhibits depicting safety, health and welfare in the form of properly guarded machines, personal protective equipment, safe methods of material handling, ergonomics and work light and colour schemes. The arrangements propagate the message for safety and health at workplaces. This center is open to organized groups from industry and educational institutions with prior appointment. Senior Executives from industries and Government officials also visit the center. For details please contact Director(Safety) & Incharge Safety Division


The Workshop provides engineering support to the industrial safety, health and welfare Center by way of updating and maintaining the exhibits and working models.


The Construction Safety division undertakes activities like collection of data related to manpower, accidents and dangerous occurrences in the construction sector of the country and training of managerial and supervisory personnel at the national and international levels with the assistance of international agencies, and workers’ and employers’ associations.

Safety and Health for Engineers working in Construction Industry

A two months certificate course on Safety and Health for Engineers working in Construction Industry is conducted. The objective of this course is to impart sufficient knowledge and information to combat the hazards associated with the construction industry and ways and means to overcome them.


The Industrial Hygiene division is concerned with the improvement of industrial work environment and comprises Industrial Hygiene Laboratory (IHL), Respiratory Equipment Testing Laboratory (RETL) and Non-Respiratory Equipment Testing Laboratory (NRETL).

The division undertakes various studies / surveys, national projects and training courses to protect the health of industrial workers through identification, evaluation, and control of occupational health hazards and advises the management on ways to meet the requirements prescribed in the Second Schedule (under Sction 41F) to the Factories (Amendment) Act, 1987.

Respiratory Equipment Testing Laboratory (RETL)

            The RETL tests the performance and efficiency of indigenous respiratory personal protective equipment such as dust respirators and canisters/cartridge gas respirators, etc. and adviser manufacturers on improvements required to meet prescribed standards.

Non-Respiratory Equipment Testing Laboratory (NRETL):

            The NRETL carries out the testing of indigenous non-respiratory personal protective equipment such as safety shoes, safety helmets, safety goggles, eye protectors, etc.  This personal protective equipment is tested as per the specifications set by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).  Based on the test reports, technical advice and guidance on quality improvement are suggested to the entrepreneurs and manufacturers.  User industries are also advised on proper selection, use, care and maintenance of various personal protective equipment.

            The division also organizes training courses in the areas of Industrial Hygiene for the specific group of industries given in the First Schedule, Section 2 (cb) of the Factories (Amendment) Act, 1987.  These training courses are meant to help safety officers, chemists, supervisors and middle level managers in the identification, assessment and control of occupational hazards in their factories.


            The Industrial Engineering Division is concerned with the improvement in the different industrial aspects such as Noise, Illumination and Ventilation at the work place.  The division undertakes studies in the area of level of Noise, Illumination and Ventilation in the various industries.


            The Industrial Medicine division aims to prevent and contain various health hazards at the workplace brought in by industrialization.  The hazards may arise from physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic and psychological factors at the place of work.

            Occupational health studies and surveys covering particular industries like asbestos, dyestuff, cement, chemical, engineering and ports, are carried out to assess the prevalence of occupational diseases.  The division also runs a National Referral Diagnostic center to diagnose occupational diseases. Suitable recommendations such as medical surveillance, use of personal protective equipment, facilities for personal hygiene and first-aid, etc. are made to prevent and control health hazards.

            The division also carries out training, two major ones being the training of factory medical officers and workers on occupational health aspects and first-aid.  It has also started a three-month postgraduate course in industrial health (AFIH) for factory medical officers from March 1993.

            The laboratory attached to the division has state of the art facilities for medical investigations including visual acuity tests, audiometric evaluation, and pulmonary function tests etc.


            The Industrial Physiology Division undertakes research and development work, as well as consultancy services in the areas of Occupational Physiology with a view to improving work and working conditions of industrial work environment. 

            Research studies carried out by the division are in the following three major areas:

  • Work Physiology – It concentrates on physical work and its effects on man so that suitable work-rest regime for various kinds of physical activities can be determined and so also select the right man for the right job.
  • Environmental Physiology – It helps to identify and assess the impact of factors like heat, humidity, thermal radiation and movement of air in the working environment so that limits of heat stress for day-to-day industrial exposure can be stipulated and suitable remedial measures can be  prescribed.
  • Respiratory Physiology – It determines the effects of dust, fumes, toxic gases, etc. on the pulmonary functions of industrial work force and work capacity of the individuals is determined after the exposure of various contaminants and suggest the remedial measure for industrial population.


            In the areas of ergonomics the emphasis has been laid on the evaluation of work, workers & workstation, working environment, postural stress, psychological stress including bio-mechanics.  The mis-match between man and machine being corrected with the help of anthropometric data from different regions of the country.   Besides this, collection of anthropometric data from different regions of the country, which can be used in the design of workstation, machinery, equipment, tools, etc.  The various repetitive motions along with various physical factors such light, noise, vibration, illuminations are also being studied and helps industries to maintain all those physical factors within optimum limit. 

            The division conducts specialized training courses (in-house as well as in-plant) such as industrial ergonomics, industrial fatigue, management of occupational stress, industrial heat stress and heat disorders, occupational back pain, anthropometry for work station design, physiological basis for manual material handling being offered from time to time etc.


The main objective of the division is creation and operation of reference service on occupational safety and health, to act as a Action Resource Center for collection, processing and dissemination of OS&H information and contribute to the prevention of occupational injuries and diseases in the country. 

Major Activities being carried out by the division are:

Development of National Inventory on OSH:

The division has taken up the task of developing National Inventory on OSH in the country.  This inventory not only carries the data related to factories, occupational injuries and diseases but also details about the way occupational safety and health the resources available at the state level for implementing the strategies for improvement of occupational safety and health.  Till date inventory on OSH in respect of 12 states have been developed.  Further, inventory projects in 13 states have been planned and the task is expected to be completed by the year 2007.  Based on the reports of these inventory projects, DGFASLI has now taken up the task of establishing information system on occupational safety and health so as to facilitate information sharing between the Chief Inspectorate of Factories of various states and DGFASLI.  The offices of the Chief Inspector of Factories will be provided with a software package, which will help them in processing, and analysing OSH information, which can be timely, submitted to the State Governments, Labour Bureau and DGFASLI. 

Design and maintenance of DGFASLI website

In order to disseminate information on OSH so as to reach the large work force, safety and health professionals and agencies engaged in safety and health, DGFASLI launched its website with the URL http://www.dgfasli.nic.in.  This website is being maintained by the division and since last four years of its launch it has received tremendous response from the end-users based in India as well as abroad. Based on the feedback the division improvises the content of the website and adds new modules. 

Databases on occupational safety and health

Databases in the area of Major Accident Hazard Installations, hazardous chemicals, national specialist, ship inspection, Parliament question, FAS proforma, Factories Act Amendment, Awards etc. have been developed

Translation of International Chemical Safety Cards

The division is also working on translation of International Chemical Safety cards in 3 Indian languages – Hindi, Tamil and Bangla.  At present the first batch of 57 International Chemical Safety Cards in Hindi have been ported on to the website and are available for free download. 

Publication of Quarterly Newsletter INDOSHNEWS

This quarterly newsletter is intended to reach to the people round the globe and bring about awareness in matters related to safety and health, highlight important issues, latest developments, current events in the area of safety and health It includes abstract on material safety data sheets, book reviews, finding of the studies and other relevant information on occupational safety and health training programmes. Till date 33 issues have been published. 

CIS National Centre For India

The division operates the CIS National Centre for India and provides information and services on:

·                 Microfiche reference

·                 Awareness on current events

·                 Information access through CD-ROMs published by international agencies such as ILO, WHO, etc.

·                 MSDS – made available to the industry on request

·                 DISPERSION MODELS - The center provides support for developing dispersion models of accident release of gases and chemicals

Library-Cum-Information Centre

             The library has about 20,000 volumes on the various disciplines dealt with by the Institute. About 100 Indian and foreign journals are also available in the library. The people refer to the library from the industry and post-graduate students of professional courses besides the faculty of the institute

Digital library has also been started for the benefit of the end users to provide information available in electronic form.  Information received from ILO, WHO, CCINFO, etc. have been included in the digital library and can be accessed from multi-locations over Local Area Network.  

Abstracts of safety and health technical reports of the studies, surveys carried out by DGFASLI have been prepared.  A national directory of organisation profile has been compiled.


            The productivity division’s objectives are improving productivity and working conditions and promoting labour-managed cooperation in industrial units, thus contributing to quality of work life.

            The above objectives are sought to achieve through training courses and consultancy projects.   In consultancy projects a management-labour project team is invariably developed and the experts of the division work as technical consultants and catalysts to the team.

            Some of the courses conducted by the division are as Public Training Programmes as well as Inplant Training Programmes:


  • Productivity & Quality Impprovement through Effective Employee Participation.
  • Quality of work life – concepts and practices.
  • Work Study and Wage Incentives
  • Wage and Salary Administration
  • Management Excellence for Higher Performance
  • TQM & ISO Series of Specification .


            National Study on occupational health safety management systems (OHS-MS) based on international labour organization (ILO) Guidelines and is contemplating to design & develop special training programme on OHS-MS for effective implementation of management systems (M.S.) in occupational safety health (OSH.)


            Manpower planning job evaluation, productivity improvement, organization and methods and wage incentives are some of the consultancy areas.


            The International Labour Organization organized a pilot project on supervisory training in India in 1952.  Encouraged by the results of the pilot project and realizing that such training is an essential requirement for the successful implementation of the plans for the industrialization of the country and Ministry of Labour. Government of India set up the Training Within Industry (TWI) Centre in Mumbai in 1955 with the assistance of the ILO.  In keeping with the changing trend of manpower training and development activities, the Centre was later renamed as the Staff Training Division.

     The division  --

  • Conducts comprehensive supervisory trainers development projects.
  • Helps industry to set up training and development cells with persons trained by the division.
  • Assists industry in institutionalizing their manpower training and development efforts by helping them to formulate their training and development plans.

The division is conducting Public/Inplant Training Programmes on the following topics:

·         Team Building for Health, Safety & Welfare at work

·         Personal Growth & Group Dynamics for Improving Health & Safety at Work.

·         Effective Supervision for Results.

·         Training Methodology for Trainers


Also the division conducts One Month Specialized Course in Safety & Health for Supervisory Personnel Working in Hazardous Process Industries. Under Section 41C(b) of the Factories Act 1948, as amended in 1987 has imposed specific responsibilities of the occupier in relation to the hazardous processes which states that every occupier of the factory involving any hazardous process shall appoint person who possess qualification and experience in handling hazardous substances and are competent to supervise such handling within the factory and the Chief Inspector may require the supervisor to undergo training in Health & Safety.   Realizing the need of the course, the one-month Certificate Course has been started at to provide an opportunity to gain insight to safety system and procedures.  After this course, the participants will be able to discuss/identify hazards and their control that will result in the great degree of risk reduction.

            Over a period of time the activities have expanded to cover the training of management and trade union representatives to help organization, create a climate conducive for the development and productivity.  Towards this end, new courses for managers, supervisors, trade union representatives and bipartite forums covering socio-psychological and team building aspects have been developed and conducted.

            Further, to promote voluntary involvement of workers at the grass root level and for developing their capabilities in solving their job related problems, Quality Circle projects are undertaken.

            The division has embarked upon the training of supervisory trainers in chemical industries and trainers of dockworkers to help organization discharge their training responsibility o safety and health aspects under the amended Factories Act and the Dock Workers (Safety, Health and Welfare) Regulations, respectively.  These training in turn undertake the training of supervisors/workers on safety and health aspects in their organizations.


The Industrial Psychology division is concerned with the assessment and evaluation of the nature of work, working conditions and work organisation.  By carrying out multi-disciplinary studies, surveys and training courses, ways are sought for better management of human resources to ensure safety, health and welfare of the employees.


The main areas of research are:

·         Psycho-social aspects of safety management

·         Quality of work life

·         Assessment and management of occupational stress

·         Mental health in industry

·         Psychological testing.

The division undertakes consultancy studies and conducts training courses to bring about attitudinal and behavioural changes among workers, supervisors and senior managers in the areas related to safety, health and welfare at workplace.  Some of the training courses are:

·         Managing stress at work

·         Counseling for safety and health.

·         Management of human factors in safety and health

·         Participative approach for safety and health at work

·         Psychological testing for scientific personnel selection and placement.

·         Promoting well-being at the work place.


            The Communication division has been set up to produce video films, audio visual aids and preparation and publication of booklets, pamphlets, leaflets, etc. on occupational safety and health aspects to create public awareness.  It also provides audio-visual facility, centrally, to support the various activities of the organisation and is planning to develop computer aided instruction packages (interactive video programmes) on safety and health.  The division comprises the following:

·         Audio Visual Studio

·         Art Section

·         Film Library

Audio Visual Studio

            Under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Project on “Industrial Safety and Health Development (IS&HD) programme,” a modern Audio Visual Studio equipped with the latest video equipment has been set up at Central Labour Institute, Mumbai.  The studio has all the infrastructural facilities.  It is manned by experts to produce commercial quality U-matic video films on safety and health.  The studio also has the facility to transfer U-matic video films on VHS format for use in various training courses.  These films will be made available to those interested in propagating the message of safety and health to all personnel in factories and docks.

            Presently a corporate image building film for the organisation and the films for the port and small-scale sector are under production.  Films on other sectors will be produced as an ongoing activity.  In view of the fact that self-paced learning is gaining importance as an effective training technique, greater emphasis will be placed on the production of interactive video programmes in future.

Art Section

            This section produces visual aids to promote and create awareness on safety and health under the guidance of subject experts.  For this purpose, they create the artwork for publicity materials like panels, posters, illustrations, paintings, models etc.  They take up the jobs of designing and printing booklets, pamphlets / leaflets brought out by the organisation.  They also provide creative support to the production of video films.

Film Library

            The Film Library is equipped with overhead projectors automatic slide projectors, 16mm film projectors, VHS video camera, etc. to provide audio visual support to various training activities of the organisation.  A number of latest still photographic cameras are available to provide photographic support to th4e activities of the institute and preparation of slides etc.  It has a large and varied collection of 16mm and video films covering latest areas of safety, health, productivity and management aspects.




The Major Accident Hazards Control Advisory (MAHCA) division was added to the CLI in 1987 as one of the outputs of the ILO project "Establishment and Initial Operation of Major Accident Hazards Control System".The project was executed by the DGFASLI in close collaboration with Factory Inspectorates of the various States and Union Territories. Although the project was completed in December, 1990 the division continues to provide important service for the control of major accident hazards in the country.

The important achievements are :

  • Setting up of a 3-tier technical organisation on Major Accident Hazards
    Control (MAHC) at the national, regional and state levels.
  • Preparation of Control of Industrial Major Accident Hazards Rules.
  • Training of Inspectors of Factories in the inspection of major accident hazard installations.
  • Development and publication of training manuals and checklists.
  • Preparation of guidelines for inspection of chemical plants, on-site emergency
    plans and safety reports.

The division offers the following services :

  • Conducting training courses, seminars and workshops on MAHC for various identified target groups, namely, senior executives, trade union leaders, senior government officials, safety officers and members of safety committees.
  • Organising specialised training courses/workshops on Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Study, Pipeline Safety, Safety in Process Control and Safety Audit.
  • Conducting studies and surveys on specialised areas of Risk Assessment,



            The Central Labour Institute, Mumbai has the following facilities;

·         Auditorium and Conference Rooms

·         Hostel

Auditorium and Conference Rooms

            The Central Labour Institute has an auditorium with a seating capacity of about 300 persons.  It has 3 air-conditioned conference rooms, fully equipped with audio visual aids.  Two conference rooms have a seating capacity of approximately 30 persons each and one conference room for 15 persons.  A fully furnished classroom having a seating capacity of 60 students is also available.


            The institute also has a well-furnished hostel with facility for catering to both the international and national level participants.


            The Regional Labour Institutes (RLIs) located at Madras, Kanpur and Calcutta are scaled down version of the Central Labour Institute, Mumbai and are located in such a way that each institute serves one region of the country.  These institutes are accordingly equipped in the following areas:

·         Industrial Safety

·         Industrial Hygiene

·         Industrial Medicine

·         Computerised Data Bank

·         Major Accident Hazards Control

·         Staff Training and Productivity

·         Communication.

            The facilities available in the Regional Labour Institutes are:

·         Industrial Safety, Health & Welfare Center

·         Mobile Safety Exhibition

·         Auditorium and Conference Hall

·         Hostel.


            The Regional labour Institute, Madras was set up in the year 1960 with its Safety, Health and Welfare Center located in a rented premise at Royapettah.  All the activities and facilities of the Institute were then consolidated in its own premises at 1 Sardar Patel Road in an area donated by the State government.  The institute was formally inaugurated by the then Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Shri M. Bhakthavathchalam in the presence of the then Hon’ble Union Labour Minister Shri D. Sanjivayya and it serves the Southern States of the country.


      The Regional Labour Institute, Kanpur was started on 31st March, 1962.  The building was inaugurated on 6th July, 1966 by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Shrimati Sucheta Kriplani.  The Institute serves the northern states of the country.


      The Regional Labour Institute, Calcutta was set up at the present location in the year 1965. It was inaugurated by the then Hon’ble Union Labour Minister Shri D. Sanjivayya at a function presided over by Shri P.C. Sen, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal.  The Institute serves the Eastern States of the country.


The  Regional Labour Institute, Faridabad has been established under the Plan scheme during IXth and Xth Plan period.  The building of RLI, Faridabad was inaugurated on 10th February, 2009.  The Institute has its jurisdiction in the States of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, J&K and U.T. of Delhi. 

The Regional Labour Institute, Faridabad during the XII plan is being developed as Advance Cenre of safety sysems in the area of Occupational Safety and Health in MSMEs and Chemical Process Industries.



1.    Rendering advice and carrying out support research activities for the administration of the Factories Act, 1948 and the Dock Workers (Safety, Health and Welfare) Act, 1986.

2.    Co-coordinating technical and legal activities to facilitate uniform standards of enforcement of safety and health in manufacturing and port sectors.

3.    Administration of the Dock Workers (Safety, Health & Welfare) Act, 1986 and Regulations framed there under and enforcing these in the major ports of the country.

4.    Educating and training employers and employees on matters relating to safety and health.

5.    Conducting promotional activities by operating schemes for recognition of good suggestions under Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar and good safety performance under National Safety Awards on behalf of the Ministry.

6.    Co-operating with International agencies like ILO, WHO, UNDP and advising Central Government in the adoption of international standards concerning safety and health.

7.    Training of foreign nationals and rendering expert advice to developing countries.

8.    Building Competence of enforcement agencies.

9.    Issuing approval to flameproof electrical enclosures.

10.  Collecting and disseminating information and material relating to safety and health.