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Dock Workers (Safety, Health & Welfare) Regulations, 1990[1990]


Articles required for an Ambulance Room
[See Regulation 102 (2)]

(i) A glazed sink with hot and cold water always available.
(ii) A table with a smooth top at least 180 cm x 105 cm.
(iii) Means for sterilizing instruments.
(iv) A couch.
(v) Two stretchers.
(vi) Two buckets or containers with close fitting lids.
(vii) Two rubber hot water bags.
(viii) A kettle and spirit stove or other suitable means of boiling water.
(ix) Twelve plain wooden splints 900 cm. x 100 cm. x 6 cm.
(x) Twelve plain wooden splints 350 cm. x 75 cm. x 6 cm.
(xi) Six plain wooden splints 250 cm. x 50 cm. x 12 cm.
(xii) Six woolen blankets.
(xiii) Three pairs artery forceps.
(xiv) One bottle of spiritus annemiae aremations (120 ml.)
(xv) Smeeling sale (60 gin).
(xvi) Two medium size sponges.
(xvii) Six hand towels.
(xviii) Four "Kidney" trays.
(xix) Four cakes of toilet, preferably antiseptic soap.
(xx) Two glass tumblers and two wine glasses.
(xxi) Two clinical thermometers.
(xxii) Two tea spoons.
(xxiii) Two graduated (120 ml.) measuring glasses.
(xxiv) Two minimum measuring glasses.
(xxv) One wash bottle (1000 cc) for washing eyes.
(xxvi) One bottle (one litre) carbolic lotion 1 in 20.
(xxvii) Three chairs.
(xxviii) One screen.
(xxix) One electric hand torch.
(xxx) Four first-aid boxes or cupboards stocked to the standards prescribed in the Schedule.
(xxxi) An adequate supply of anti-tetanus toxied.
(xxxii) Injections.-morphia, pethidine, atrophine, adrenaline, coramine, novacan (6 each).
(xxxiii) Coramine liquid (60 ml).
(xxxiv) Tablets-antibistamhnie antispasmodic (25 each).
(xxxv) Syringes with needles-2 cc, 5 cc, 10 cc and 50 cc.
(xxxvi) Three surgical scissors.
(xxxvii) Two needle holders, big and small.
(xxxviii) Suturing needles and materials,
(xxxix) Three dissecting forceps.
(xl) Three dressing forceps.
(xli) Three scapels.
(xlii) One stethoscope.
(xliii) Rubber bandage-pressure bandage.
(xliv) Oxygen cylinder with necessary attachments.


Equipment required for a First-Aid box or cupboard
[See Regulation 101 (3)]

(i) Twenty-four small sterilized dressings.
(ii) Twelve medium size sterilized dressings.
(iii) Twelve large size sterilized dressings.
(iv) Twelve large size sterilized burn dressings.
(v) Twelve (15 gin) packets of sterilized cotton wool.
(vi) One (200 ml) bottle of cetrimide solution (1 per cent) or a suitable antiseptic solution.
(vii) One (200 ml) bottle of mercurochrome (2 per cent) solution in water. (viii) One (200 ml) bottle of sal-volatile having the dose and mode of administration indicated on the label.
(ix) One pair of scissors.
(x) One roll of adhesive plaster (6 cm x 1 in).
(xi) Two roll of adhesive plaster (2 cm. x 1 in).
(xii) Twelve pieces of sterilized eye pads in separate sealed packets.
(xiii) A bottle containing 100 tablets (each of 325 mg.) of aspirin or any other analgesic).
(xiv) One polythene wash bottle (500 cc) for washing eyes.
(xv) Twelve roller bandages 10 cm. wide.
(xvi) Twelve roller bandages 5 cm wide.
(xvii) Six triangular bandages.
(xviii) One tourniquet.
(xix) A supply of suitable splints.
(xx) Two packets of safety pins.
(xxi) Kidney tray.
(xxii) A snake-bite lancet.
(xxiii) One (30 ml) bottle containing potassium permangenate crystals.
(xxiv) One copy of first-aid leaflet issued by the Directorate General of Factory Advice Service and Labour Institutes, Government of India, Bombay.



(See Regulation 18)

Permissible exposure in cases of continuous noise

Total time of exposure (continuous or a number of short-term exposures) per day in hours. Sound pressure level in dBA
(i) (2)
8 90
6 92
4 95
3 97
2 100
11/2 102
1 105
3/4 107
1/2 110
1/4 115

Notes.-1. No exposure in excess of 115 dBA is to be permitted.

2. For any period of exposure falling in between any figure and the next higher or lower figure as indicated in column 1, the permissible sound pressure level Is to be determined by extrapolation on a proportionate basis.


Scale for providing latrines, urinals, washing and bathing facilities in a Dock
(See Regulations 97 and 100)

One for every 50 dock workers and minimum of 3 in each block.
One for every 100 dock workers and minimum 4 urinals in each block.
Washing facilities:
Washing taps:
Upto 200 dock workers 4 taps
Over 200 dock workers 4 taps plus 1 tap for every 100 workers or part thereof.
Shower bath:
Upto 200 dock workers-2 shower baths.
Above 200-Upto 500 dock workers-4 shower baths.
Over 500 dock workers 4 plus one shower bath for every 200 workers or part thereof with minimum of 2 shower baths in a block.


Requirements for Canteens.
(See Regulation 106)

(1) Plans and site plans of the building to be constructed or adopted for use as a canteen shall be submitted and got approved from the Chief Inspector.

(2) The canteen building shall be constructed according to the approved plans and shall provide accommodation for a dinning hall, kitchen, store rooms, pantry and washing places separately for workers and for utensils. The minimum height of the building shall not be less than 4 metres and all the walls and roofs shall be of suitable heat resisting material and shall be water proof.

(3) The canteen building shall be situated not less than 15 metres from any latrine, urinal or any other source of dust, smoke or obnoxious fumes: Provided that the Chief Inspector may in any particular case relax the provisions of this rule to such an extent as may be reasonable in the circumstances and may require measures to be adopted to secure the essential purpose of this provision.

(4) In a canteen, the floor and the inside walls upto a height of 1.25 metres from the floor shall be made of smooth and impervious material, the remaining portion of inside walls shall be made smooth by cement plaster or in any other suitable manner.

(5) The doors, windows and ventilators of a canteen building shall be of fly-proof construction and shall allow adequate ventilation.

(6) The canteen shall be adequately lighted at all times when any person has access to it

(7) In every canteen-

(a) (i) all inside walls of rooms and all ceilings and passages and staircases shall be limewashed or colour washed at least once in each year or painted once in three years dating from the period when last lime washed or painted, as the case may be;

(ii) all wood work shall be varnished or painted once in three years dating from the period when last varnished or painted;

(iii) all interval structural iron or steel work be varnished or painted once in three years dating from the period when last varnished or painted:

Provided that inside walls of the kitchen shall be lime-washed once in every four months.

(b) Records of dates on which lime-washing, colour- washing, varnishing or painting is carried out shall be maintained in a register in a form approved by the Inspector.

(c) The floor of all rooms shall be kept clean at all times by sweeping and mopping.

(8) The precincts of the canteen shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. Waste water shall be carried away in a suitable covered drain and shall not be allowed to accumulate so as to cause a nuisance. Covered receptacles shall be provided and used for the disposal of garbage and the receptacles shall be fully cleaned and disinfected once at least in every shift.

(9) Dining Hall:

(a) The dinning hall shall accommodate at a time at least 10 per cent of the dock workers at any time in any dock or any part of dock for which the canteen is provided:

Provided that in any particular dock, the Chief Inspector may, alter the percentage of workers to be accommodated in a canteen.

(b) The floor area of the dining hall, excluding the area occupied by the service counter and any furniture except tables and chairs, shall be not less than one square metre per diner to be accommodated as prescribed in sub-rule (a):

Provided that where it is impracticable, owing to the lack of space to provide one square metre of floor area for each person, such reduced floor area may be provided as approved in writing by the Chief Inspector.

(c) A portion of the dinning hall and service counter shall be partitioned off and reserved for women workers in proportion to their numbers. Washing places for women shall be separate and screened to secure privacy.

(d) Sufficient tables, chairs or benches shall be available for the number of diners to be accommodated as prescribed in sub-rule (a,.

(e) Soaps and towels shall be provided at the washing places in the canteen for the use of the workers.

(10) Equipment:

(a) There shall be provided and maintained sufficient utensils, crockery, cutlery, furniture and any other equipment necessary for the efficient running of the canteen. Suitable uniforms of the employees serving in the canteen shall be provided and maintained in clean condition.

(b) Food and food materials shall be stored in flyproof cupboards and handled with the help of wooden ladles or suitable metal forceps whichever is convenient. Vessel used once shall be cleaned before being used again.

(c) The furniture, utensils and other equipment shall be maintained in a clean and hygenic condition. The service counter and all the dining tables shall have a top of smooth and impervious materials. Suitable facilities including an adequate supply of hot water shall be provided for cleaning of the utensils and equipment

(See Regulation 109)

Rules relating to the appointment of Welfare Officer prescribed under regulation 109 of the Dock Workers (Safety, Health and Welfare) Regulations, 1989.

(1) Number of Welfare Officers:

(a) The Port Authority, Dock Labour Board and every other employer shall appoint at least one Welfare Officer in every port where 500 or more dock workers are ordinarily employed. Provided that, where the number of dock worker exceeds 2000 there shall be additional Welfare Officer, as indicated in the scale given below:-

(i) 2000 to 5000 dock workers-2 Welfare Officers.

(ii) for every additional 5000 dock workers or fraction thereof over 500-1 Welfare Officer.

(b) Where there are more than one Welfare Officer appointed, one of them shall be called the Chief Welfare Officer and the others as Welfare Officers.

(2) Qualifications:

No person shall be appointed as a Welfare Officer unless he or she:

(a) is a graduate from a recognised university,

(b) has either a degree or diploma in social science from a recognised university or any other institution recognised by Central Government in this behalf, and

(c) has adequate knowledge of the language spoken by the majority of dock workers in the port to which he/she is attached.

Provided that in the case of a person who has been employed as a Welfare Officer for one year or more before the day of commencement of these regulations, the Chief Inspector may on request from the Port Authority, Dock Labour Board or any other employer may in writing relax all or any of the aforesaid qualifications, subject to such conditions as he may specify in the order.

(3) Conditions of service:

(a) A Welfare Officer shall be given appropriate status as a member of the executive staff of the Port Authority, Dock Labour Board or firm as the case may be.

(b) The conditions of service of a Welfare Officer shall be the same as those of other members of the staff or equivalent status under the Port Authority, Dock Labour Board or firm, as the case may be:

Provided that in the case of discharge or dismissal, the Welfare Officer shall have a right of appeal to the Chief Inspector whose decision thereon shall be final and binding on the Port Authority, Dock Labour Board or firm, as the case may be. This appeal shall be preferred within thirty days from the date of receipt by the Welfare Officer of the order of discharge or dismissal.

(4) Duties of Welfare Officer:

The duties of the Welfare Officer shall be-

(a) to ensure fulfilment on the part of the Port Authority, Dock Labour Board or firm of obligations under the provisions of these Regulations and maintaining a liaison with the Inspector;

(b) to ascertain what further welfare facilities are needed, how best they can be provided and make suggestions for their establishment;

(c) to make sure that the available welfare facilities provided under the Regulation or otherwise are being properly maintained and utilized.

(d) to ensure adequate supervision of the amenities provided, especially as regards canteens, rest rooms, washing and toilet facilities and drinking water;

(e) to examine grievances voiced by the dock workers in respect of welfare facilities and other amenities;

(f) to ensure first aid, medical treatment and other assistance for dock workers who are injured in the course of their employment in dock work and are in need of vocational rehabilitation due to disablement caused due to injury;

(g) to assist in the organisation of recreational facilities and educational courses and advise on individual personnel problems and education of children;

(h) to promote relations between the Port Authority, Dock Labour Board or a firm and dock workers which will ensure productive efficiency as well as amelioration in the working conditions and to help dock workers to adjust and adapt themselves to their working environments;

(i) to take interest in the working of Safety Committee of the Port; and

(j) to encourage and assist in the organisation of Safety propagation, Safety Weeks, training courses, suggestion schemes, safety awards, etc. and such other duties as may be assigned by the Port Authority, Dock Labour Board or a firm which have a bearing on the welfare of the dock workers.

(5) No Welfare Officer shall deal with any disciplinary cases against workers or appear before a conciliation officer in a court or tribunal on behalf of the management against a worker or workers.

(6) Exemption:

The Chief Inspector may in writing exempt any Port Authority, Dock Labour Board or any other employer or a group of employers from any or all provisions of this regulation subject to compliance with such alternative arrangements as may be approved by him.


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