Work Place Health and Safety Guidelines

Mandatory Vaccination for Industrial Workers and Families – Announcement from TN Govt

It is now mandatory for employees as well as their family members to take both doses of Covid-19 vaccine to access workplaces or industries, the Tamil Nadu government has notified today. Notification is issued by TN Health Department (TN DPH).

These guidelines on Covid-appropriate behaviour for workplaces, industries, and factories have mandated many instructions to be followed by businesses at work places.

Key Guidelines :

  • All staff and family members must be vaccinated with two doses OF CIVID 19 vaccine
  • All workplaces and industries with more than 300 employees or 10,000 sqft space should appoint a qualified health inspector, ‘at their own cost’, for monitoring and to coordinate/implement health activities on the premises. 
  • Covid-19 health team must be created on the premises and awareness measures must be held for employees
  • Screening process must include asking the employee for any Covid-19 related symptoms, if family members have symptoms, checking body temperature and checking if the staff is quarantined for having symptoms. 
  • Guidelines say that mask-wearing is mandatory at all workplaces, and administrations must monitor mask compliance through supervisors and managers, including CCTV monitoring. “Anyone without mask must be sent out of the workplace, guideline says.
  • Guidelines insist on maintaining social distancing, hand-washing facilities, and hand sanitation as well to be maintained at work places.
  • In canteen and dining area, the workers must be divided into groups and meals and tea timings should be split across the groups.
  • In quarters and dorms, Covid appropriate behaviour must be followed .

Download the Guidelines Released by TN DPH from here :

Source :

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2021/jul/25/both-covid-vaccine-doses-must-for-staff-family-members-health-dept-2335008.html

The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020 No. 37 of 2020 announced by Ministry of Labour and Employment has mandated implementation of OSH Code at work places by businesses.

Work Place Health and Safety from now onwards will have more dimension towards Health related focus than the Safety focus that earlier Factories Act had earlier.

Work places should focus on creating Health and Hygiene monitoring teams and more and more employees should be trained towards internalising the practices from now. Businesses should have to focus towards internalising Mental Health Counsellors too slowly and gradually.

All these are interlinked to Work Place Productivity and businesses will have to slowly start addressing multiple challenges that may arise at work place on people related issues.

Medical Device – Product Recall

Ventilator Recall by Philips – Recall Announcement / Alert from CDSCO

Medical Device Alert on Ventilator of Philips Announcement from CDSCO

Following message is shared by National Coordination Center (NCC) –Materio vigilance program of India(MvPI)Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission(IPC), Ghaziabad, Autonomous body of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India:

Dear Healthcare Professionals,

As CDSCO has issued Medical Device Alert on Philips Ventilator, kindly go through the link shared below to know more about the alert :

https://cdsco.gov.in/opencms/opencms/system/modules/CDSCO.WEB/elements/download_file_division.jsp?num_id=NzM3MQ==

Kindly update NCC MVPI team whether the said ventilator make is available/used in your hospital premises.

If yes, kindly send the feedback to the following email ids, by submitting duly filled “Field Safety Correction Action Form” shared below :

https://www.ipc.gov.in/images/FIELD_SAFETY_CORRECTIVE_ACTION_NOTIFICATION_FSCA_FORM.pdf

Please email your feedback along with duly filled field safety form to :

Kindly request your hospital team to take immediate necessary action as mentioned in alert notice.

Downloads :

About CDSCO – https://cdsco.gov.in/opencms/opencms/en/Home/

About IPC – https://www.ipc.gov.in/

About MVPI Program Launched by IPC :

Ministry of health and family welfare, Government of India has approved the commencement of Materiovigilance Programme of India (MvPI) at Indian pharmacopoeia commission on July 6, 2015 to monitor the safety of medical devices in the country. Indian Pharmacopeia Commission is functioning as National coordination center for MvPI and various steps and strategies have been made by NCC including launching of reporting tools to report MDAE, enrollment of new Medical Device Adverse Events Monitoring Centers and many others are in pipeline.

Training and workshops are organized in different regions of the country to improve the adverse event reporting practice and the attitude of healthcare professionals. NCC in collaboration with Central Drug Standard Control Organization, National Health System Resource Centre and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology provides training and technical support to the stakeholders and this guidance document will be an important tool for conducting Materiovigilance activities. We are hopeful that this document will support to ensure
the safety and efficacy of medical devices in the country by illuminating various components of MvPI.

For more information about MVPI, download the document below :

Role of Hospitals and other Healthcare Organisations in reporting Adverse Events to IPC :

Hospitals and other Healthcare organisations have to report adverse events caused by drugs or devices to IPC under PVPI or MVPI program.

Since many of the Hospitals and Healthcare organisations are Certified , Accredited for many Quality and Patient Safety Programs in the country , Certification or Accreditation Programs calls for mandatory reporting of Adverse Events caused by Drugs or Devices to Patients, Employees etc.

Since the Ventilator is Recalled by the manufacturer on “Health and Safety Grounds”, Healthcare organisations which have been using the cited make of the Ventilator have to share the feedback to MVPI Cell of IPC in the format shared above. These are the Globally defined Regulatory Protocols and all healthcare organisations have to follow the same.

FSSAI’s mandate for Food Businesses in the country

FBOs to mention FSSAI Licence No. on Invoice / Bills from Oct 1st, 2021

Come 1st October 2021 Food Business Operators (FBO) to mention FSSAI License or Registration number on every invoice.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made it mandatory for the FBO’s to declare the 14-digit FSSAI License or Registration number on cash receipts/purchase invoices/cash memo /bills etc.

As per the order dated 8th June 2021, FSSAI mentioned that declaration of the License or Registration number will facilitate the consumers to complain about any grievance with the FBO. Since complaints remain unresolved due to lack of specific information, this move will help consumers who can lodge an online complaint against a particular food business using the FSSAI number.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a latest order in this regard 8th June 2021 which can be downloaded here.

Licensing and Registration Authorities are directed to widely publicise the policy and shall ensure its implementation mandatorily with effect from October 2, 2021, the FSSAI order says

Mentioning of FSSAI number shall also improve the overall awareness, the Regulator said. If not mentioned, it will indicate non-compliance or non registration/licensing by the food business.

Stating that the food business ecosystem is large, the regulator said 14-digit FSSAI number of any food business operator is not “easily visible and available on consumer/service recipient.”

If the FSSAI number is not available to consumers, expecting him to complain with complete coordinates is an uphill task. Even regulators find it difficult to trace the origin of complaint and attend to it promptly.

No database can be created without a unique locator code, which in case of food safety is the FSSAI number.

Presently, FSSAI number is compulsory to be displayed on packaged food labels but the issue lies especially in case of establishments such as restaurants, mithai shops, caterers, even retail stores.

Further, the regulator said that it is amending the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses Regulations to mandate display of ‘food safety display boards’ at all times at prominent places in case of restaurants.

However, there remains a deficit of mechanism for consumer to know the FSSAI number of the service/product provider.

In case of pre-packaged food where the manufacturer’s FSSAI number is printed on the pack, there exist a deficit of track and trace mechanism whereby the path of the package from a manufacturer to consumer can be traced. The invoice helps establishing this trail. With mentioning of the FSSAI number will help in improving traceability for food products, the regulator added.

Parakh – Unified Laboratory Network

Launched by DPIIT, Ministry of Commerce, Govt of India – National Network of Laboratories Infrastructure

What is #Parakh ?

#Parakh is a Government of India initiative for mapping of testing and laboratory infrastructure across the country on a unified network of testing laboratories. This is yet another significant step towards enhancing Ease of Doing Business. This portal incorporates all the accredited and recognised laboratories in the country on a Geographic Information System.

This is an interactive and user friendly system to find a Laboratories and Tests based on various parameters a user may require.

This program is a joint initiative of various boards, councils as mentioned below :

MSME
CSIR
DRDO
Textile Committee
NABL
Bureau of Indian Standards
FSSAI
Export Inspection Council, EIC India
APEDA

All types of Testing, Calibration Laboratories which are Recognised and Accredited are found in the portal.

This is an initiative which will benefit all citizens, user communities to have access to information related to various testing labs in the country that tests products or services.

Pandemic crisis has brought out this huge gap in the country’s lab infrastructure related information where no information was available about testing labs for PPEs, Ventilators, various other medical devices, Covid testing labs etc. All stakeholders were shunted from pillar to post hunting to testing labs information. Intense debates, discussions had taken place about lack of information about National Testing Labs Infrastructure. That’s how DPIIT has initiated the process to create the National Network of Laboratories which will immensely benefit not only domestic trade but International Trade as well.

Portal currently has a list of :

  • 6581 laboratories offering testing services related to
    • 60558 products and services
    • following 367209 Test Methods

All Laboratories in the country are open to get their laboratories listed in the portal.

Source – https://parakh.ncog.gov.in/indexpage

World Accreditation Day 2021 Celebrations

Word Accreditation Day Celebrations 2021 – Organised by Consultants Consortium of Chennai

World Accreditation Day 2021

Theme – Accreditation: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

09 June 2021 marks World Accreditation Day (#WAD2021), a global initiative established by IAF and ILAC to promote the value of accreditation. This year’s theme is Accreditation: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The SDGs are at the core of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a broad and ambitious plan of action with the overarching objective of leaving no one behind. Accreditation, in collaboration with other quality infrastructure institutions, provides the technical foundations that are critical to the functioning of developed and developing societies. It enables industrial development, trade competitiveness in global markets, efficient use of natural and human resources, food safety, and health and environmental protection.

IAF and ILAC have published a joint WAD 2021 statement by the IAF and ILAC Chairs, a brochure and a poster:

In addition, three videos with the themes of People, Planet and Prosperity will be released on the IAF-ILAC Youtube channel in mid-May. These three pillars group the SDGs according to common goals and are reflective of publications from UNIDOOECD and UNDP.

The Public Sector Assurance and Business Benefits websites, which contain case studies, research and supporting materials demonstrating the benefits and value of accreditation, also now feature an option for searching by SDG. 

While the COVID-19 pandemic may again disrupt physical WAD events, we encourage everyone to celebrate with us online using the hashtag #WAD2021 and to contact your local accreditation body for further details on local media and online seminars and programs they may be organising.

Source : https://www.iaf.nu/articles/World_Accreditation_Day_2021/685

About Consultants Consortium of Chennai – CCC :

Consultants Consortium of Chennai (CCC) is an Association of Management Systems Consultants, registered under the Tamil nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975.

The Key Objective of CCC is to work in alignment with the National Quality Mission launched by the Government of India by educating the industry about the role and importance of Standards, Certifications and Regulations in the country as well as in the global markets.

CCC strives to encourage Responsible Consulting through Members of its Association and focus is to Standardize Consulting Practices in alignment with changing market and industry needs in a dynamic manner.

The focus is also to identify areas and industries in which the consultants in the profession of Management Systems Consulting can contribute to the betterment of the society and the country and to promote Management Systems Consulting in such areas or industries.

One of the core objectives is to collaborate with various Industry platforms, Trade Associations, Chambers of Commerce, Management Associations, Apex Bodies of Government or Quasi Government Organization to contribute to the betterment of the industry initiatives, which will in turn contribute to the betterment of the society.

Webinar Series organised by CCC :

CCC has organised #WAD2020 successfully. Same initiative is planned by CCC for 2021 as well.
CCC has tentatively scheduled a week long sessions with following topics :

Registrations :

Entry is free for all Management Systems Consultants, Technical Experts, Industry Experts, Professionals, Industry Members, Academia , Students, Members of Trade & Industry Associations

Program Dates are listed above.

Registration Link :

Prior Regn is a MUST for Participation. All regd participants will get email confirmations 2 days before the commencement of the sessions.

For queries on Regns, email can be sent to :

Ms Rama Venugopal – contact@ccc-consultants.org – +919840870532
Mr D Srikanthan – secretariat@ccc-consultants.org – +919003056539

Do visit CCC Website for regular updates – http://ccc-consultants.org/wad-2021-celebrations/

Oxygen Crisis for Covid Patients

Online Discussion on May 10th 2021 from 4 – 5 30 pm

Can industry offer support to hospitals , to tide over the oxygen crisis , by creating additional manufacturing capacities ?

About Andhra Chamber of Commerce
Andhra Chamber of Commerce is 92 year old Chamber of Commerce, created with an objective of encouraging Industry and Trade in India in general and in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu in particular. Chamber works towards promoting interests of the business community at-large. Chamber also organises networking events to allow members to exchange ideas, develop relationships and improve their professional network.

About the Program
2nd wave of covid 19 is hitting all stakeholders at market place very hard – be it the communities, health workers, covid warriors, govt workers, industry workers etc. Pandemic is not relenting and affecting all in multiple directions
wave after wave. Impact of 2nd wave is so severe and high that health sector is struggling with supply chain gaps.

Session will address the following FAQs :
– Do covid positive patients need Oxygen ?
– Do they need oxygen supply at home or in a Hospital environment ?
– What solutions are offered for oxygen supply , at the moment, in the market ?
– Whether Hospitals need more concentrators or liquid oxygen supply or refill cylinders? what is their immediate need ? Why the demand for concentrators is very high ?
– What do hospitals need , as immediate priority solution from industry, to meet oxygen crisis ?
– Can Industry help hospitals to tide over the crisis by creating some manufacturing capabilities , if needed ?
– Do we have enough mfrers or suppliers for these mkt needs ?
– Are we importing products like Oxygen concentrators ,which come under Medical Devices ?

Program Agenda

Registration Details

Prior Regn is a must. Registration Link is shared below :

Contac t Coordinator :
Ms Vijayalakshmi , Secretary General
Andhra Chamber of Commerce
Email : andhrachamber1@gmail.com
Telephone : Office : 044 – 24315277

Parakh-Unified Laboratory Network

Govt of India initiative for mapping of labs and testing infrastructure in the country

“PARAKH” portal is a Government of India initiative for mapping of laboratory infrastructure across the country on a unified network of laboratories. This is a step towards enhancing Ease of Doing Business. This portal incorporates all the NABL accredited and Government recognized laboratories in the country on a Geographic Information System. This is an interactive and user friendly system to search laboratories and avail laboratory services, based on various parameters a user may require.

DPIIT Team said this portal should help to reduce compliance burden of the labs.

This may be the first step towards strengthening National Laboratories Quality Infrastructure in the country.

Source : DPIIT