The Senior Labour Inspectors’ Committee (SLIC) together with the Dutch ministry of Labour (labour inspection) have published guidance for National Labour Inspectors on addressing risks to workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) on construction sites.
The deceased were among 1,721 people from 743 families hailing from tribal-dominated Dhar, Jhabua and Alirajpur districts who had migrated to Gujarat, claims the study carried out by three NGOs includ...
In a rare order, the Supreme Court has issued a bailable warrant against the chief of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) after he did not show up to explain steps taken for preventing death of workers due to silicosis, a lung disease caused by inhalation of dust containing silica. The top court has also directed the Gujarat government to release more than Rs 7 crore as compensation to the families of 238 workers who died due to silicosis after working in Godhra's quartz and stone crushing industries. Issuing the order last week, a bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton F Nariman expressed concern over the negligent attitude of the CPCB in addressing the issue of this occupational health hazard although hundreds of people, mostly tribals from Madhya Pradesh, have died due to silicosis while working in Gujarat.
A new study, “Occupational Exposures to Respirable Crystalline Silica During Hydraulic Fracturing,” found respirable crystalline silica, a human lung carcinogen, to be an occupational exposure hazard for workers at hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations. Researchers also found that the most commonly used type of respirator – the half-mask air-purifying respirator – might not provide enough protection for workers.
Read more about Har approves policy for workers suffering from Silicosis on Business Standard. The Haryana government has approved an integrated policy that would provide free treatment, investigations and medicines to workers suffering from Silicosis at ESI and district hospitals and medical colleges in the state. Stating this here today,
Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Gujarat government of initiating action against industrial units inspected by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in connection with the case of silicosis victims of Jhabua and Alirajpur in Madhya Pradesh.
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