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New legislation regarding occupational safety and health on cards.

LAHORE -- Punjab Chief Minister Mohammad Shehbaz Sharif has accorded principle approval to the draft legislation regarding occupational safety and health to secure industrial workers who remain exposed to respire-able dust particularly silicon which causes a dangerous lungs disorder 'silicosis'.

The draft after its formal approval from the provincial cabinet will be placed before the Punjab Assembly without undue delay.

This was disclosed by Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Shamail Ahmad Khawaja while presiding over a meeting of subject core committee regarding directions of Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan to prepare consensus implementation plan of the orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan to chalk out action plan regarding control, rescue and treat the victims of silicosis.

The committee reviewed the proposed action plan in detail and decided to send it to the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan. The implementation status of this action plan include the introduction of new law on occupational safety and health (OSH).

According to this proposed law, mandatory health screening of the industrial workers of stone crushers, ceramics industry and marble grinding industry along with nomination of certified surgeons to treat the workers suffering from silicosis and another plan meant for capacity-building of labour inspectors at district level through an ADP Scheme came under discussion.

The meeting was told that silicosis had been included in the check list of occupational hazards.

Additional Chief Secretary Shamail Khawaja directed to provide Occupational Safety and Health Kits to the inspecting staff of provincial Labour and Human Resource Department working in 18 districts of the province.

The PC-II for training programme of Labour Inspectors will be prepared by Punjab Bureau of Statistics while the data of mine workers will also be submitted to Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan within a week. The Labour Department has fixed a toll free universal access number 0800-73774 to get register any complaint regarding occupational hazards by the vulnerable industrial workers.

Additional Chief Secretary directed the Information and Culture Department to launch awareness plan for safety from silicosis and said that periodical media campaign would be launched in days to come.

Secretary Labour and Human Resource Punjab Sohail Shehzad, Secretary Mines and Minerals Punjab Raja Khurram Shehzad, Director General Environmental Protection Department Dr Javed Iqbal, Commissioner PESSI Mansoor Qadir, Additional Secretary Information and Culture Syed Tahir Raza Hamdani and Additional Secretary Labour Mohammad Shakir participated in the meeting.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Oct 6, 2016
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