Nepal’s Labour Act 2074 (2017 AD) also provides workers’ rights somewhere close to those principles. I’m not comparing, however, can’t help but notice poor implementation of the same. Heads-up! concerned authority, regulatory body, enforcement agency, administrative offices, responsible personnel, to say the least; what/where are your findings, inspection, monitoring, records, performance evaluation, corrective actions, reports, etc. so far?
For the first time, the government has brought the National Occupational Safety and Health Policy 2076BS to make the workplace healthy, safe, organized and dignified. The Council of Ministers recently approved the policy (subject for review every five years) set by the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security. (Published 9 January 2020; Kantipur Daily, Kathmandu, Nepal.)
Fire Prevention and Fire Protection – Air Pollution in Kathmandu – Construction PPE – Carbon Monoxide poisoning – Electrical Safety – Fall Protection in General Industry– Fearsome 4 of Construction Safety – Fall Restrain System Vs. Fall Arrest System – Respiratory Protection – Portable Ladder Safety – Confined Space Entry – Initiating First Aid/CPR – Are you too busy… – If you have $86,400 in your account… – Safety professionals have job prospects as Insurance Risk Surveyor or Loss Assessor
Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. Employers must take measures in their workplaces to prevent employees from falling off overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls.
To prevent employees from being injured from falls, employers must:
- Guard every floor hole into which a worker can accidentally walk by use of a railing and toeboard or a floor hole cover.
- Provide a guardrail and toeboard around every open-sided platform, floor or runway that is 4 feet or higher off the ground or next level.
- Regardless of height, if a worker can fall into or onto dangerous machines or equipment (such as a vat of acid or a conveyor belt), employers must provide guardrails and toeboards to prevent workers from falling and getting injured.
- Other means of fall protection that may be required on certain jobs include safety harness and line, safety nets, stair railings and handrails.
- Provide working conditions that are free of known dangers.
- Keep floors in work areas in a clean and sanitary condition.
- Select and provide required personal protective equipment at no cost to workers.
- Train workers about job hazards in a language that they can understand. (Ref: OSHA)