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.

MSME Definition Widened

MSME Definition to include Retail and Wholesale Trade Businesses

Ministry of #MSME has announced revised guidelines for #MSMEs with inclusion of Retail and Wholesale trade businesses as MSMEs. This is done to strengthen these MSME businesses and make them engines for economic growth.

Shri Gadkari said the revised guidelines will benefit 2.5 Crore Retail and Wholesale Traders. He said Retail and wholesale trade were left out of the ambit of MSME, now under the revised guidelines, retail and wholesale trade will also get benefit of priority sector lending under RBI guidelines.

With the revised guidelines the Retail and wholesale trades will be now be allowed to register on Udyam Registration Portal.

Source – https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1732193

MSME Registration Link – Udyam Registration Portal Link

Report by Niti Aayog

Study on the Not-for-Profit Hospital Model in India

The “Not-for-Profit” Hospital Sector has the reputation of providing affordable and accessible healthcare for many years. This sector has done yeoman service over the years with some institutions from even before Independence. Although various institutions have been established for different purposes, this sector provides not only curative healthcare, but also preventive healthcare, and links healthcare with social reform, community engagement, and education. They utilize the resources and grants provided to them by the Government to provide cost effective healthcare to the population without being overly concerned about profits.

However, this sector remains largely understudied, with a lack of awareness about its services in the public domain. Hence Niti Aayog has conducted a study on “Not for Profit Hospital Model” in India. This report was released yesterday.

The aim of this study is to understand the operating model of some of the prominent institutions across the country, including their premise of service, human resource availability, cost containment levers, and the challenges they face.

This study will facilitate policymakers in deciding how they can assist this sector to sustain, grow, and in turn, help reach the unreached sections of society.

This report covers :
Objective of the Study
Approach
Criteria for Classification of Hospitals
Methodology
Key Findings
Challenges Faced by the Not-for-Profit Hospitals
Proposed Policy Interventions to Promote the Not-for-Profit Hospital Sector

Full report can be downloaded from here :

Source : http://niti.gov.in/

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.

Announcement for Environmental Testing Laboratories

Announcement from Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE – NOTIFICATION

Mandatory NABL Accreditation and OHSAS Certification

The Central Government orders says :

  1. Recognition of private laboratories and recognition of their analysts shall be done by the Central Pollution Control Board here after as per the Environmental Protection Act 1986
  2. All environmental laboratories shall obtain accreditation from the National Accreditation Board
    for Testing and Calibration Laboratories
    Accreditation ISO 17025 :2017 for all criteria testing
    parameters as defined by Central Pollution Control Board along with Certification for Occupational
    Health and Safety Management System – ISO 45001:2018 before submission of application to the
    Central Pollution Control Board for consideration of the said application under the provisions of
    the Act, for –
    (i) fresh or renewal of recognition of laboratory;
    (ii) changes in the name of Government Analysts; and (iii) shifting of laboratory premises.
  3. The recognition of laboratory shall be granted for the validity period of accreditation under ISO 17025:2017 and for the testing parameters accredited therein.
  4. The recognition of laboratory shall be granted for the validity period of ISO 45001:2018 certification from a recognised agency and shall be valid for the same premises of its operation for which the application is made.

Full notification can e downloaded from the link below

Source : http://moef.gov.in/en/

Mandatory Hallmarking of Gold Jewellery

Has come into force from 16th June 2021 – Announcement from Ministry of Commerce

Mandatory Hallmarking of Gold Jewellery has come into force from today – 16th June, 2021.

Key announcements made by Ministry of Commerce :

  1. Hallmarking will be initially be starting from 256 districts of the country which have Assaying Marking Centres.
  1. Jewellers with annual turnover upto Rs 40 lac will be exempted from mandatory Hall Marking.
  1. Export and re-import of jewellery as per Trade Policy of Government of India – Jewellery for International Exhibitions, Jewellery for Government approved B2B Domestic Exhibitions will be exempted from mandatory Hall Marking.
  1. Gold of Additional carats 20, 23 and 24 will also be allowed for Hall Marking.
  1. Watches, fountain pens and special types of jewellery viz. Kundan, Polki and Jadau will be exempted from Hall Marking.
  1. Jewellers can continue to buy back old gold jewellery without hallmark from consumers.
  1. In order to give adequate time to the manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of Gold Jewellery, there would be No penalties till August end.

Old jewellery can be got hallmarked as it is, if feasible by the jeweller or after melting and making new jewellery.

A committee constituting of representatives of all stake holders, revenue officials and legal experts will.be formed to look into the issues that may possibly emerge during the implementation of the scheme.

Ministry has announced that constructive suggestions are always welcome and implementation should be effective.  It may be noted that Hallmarking of Gold Jewellery was earlier set to begin from 15th June 2021.

Under Hallmarking scheme of Bureau of Indian Standards, Jewellers are registered for selling hallmarked jewellery and recognise testing and Hallmarking centres. BIS (Hallmarking) Regulations, were implemented w.e.f. 14.06.2018. Hallmarking will enable Consumers/Jewellery buyers to make a right choice and save them from any unnecessary confusion while buying gold.

At present, only 30% of Indian Gold Jewellery is hallmarked.

The Hallmarking of jewellery / artefacts is required to enhance the credibility of gold Jewellery and Customer Satisfaction through third party assurance for the marked purity/fineness of gold , consumer protection. This step will also help to develop India as a leading gold market center in the World.

It is to be noted that there has been 25% increase in A&H centers in the last five years. The number of A&H centers have increased from 454 to 945 in the last five years. At present 940 Assaying and Hallmarking centers are operative. Out of this 84 AHCs have been setup under Govt. subsidy scheme in various Districts.

Presently A&H Centre’s can hallmark 1500 articles in a day, the estimated hallmarking capacity of A&H Centre’s per year are 14 crore articles (Assuming 500 articles per shift &300 working days).

According to World Gold Council, India has around 4 lakh jewellers, out of this only 35,879 have been BIS certified.

Source : https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1727399

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/