New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Days after the horrific Vizag gas leak incident that killed 11 people, the Centre on Sunday issued guidelines for the manufacturing industries post the period of lockdown.

While issuing the guidelines, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that state governments will ensure that off- site diaster management plan of the respective major Accidental Hazard units are upto date and preparedness to implement them is high.

The Home Ministry further advised states that all the responsible officers of the district will ensure that the industrial on-site disaster management plans are also in place and cover standard operating procedures (SOP) for the safe restarting of the industries during and after the coronavirus lockdown.

"While restarting a unit, the first week should be considered as the trial or test run period after ensuring all safety protocols. Companies should not try to achieve high production targets. There should be 24-hour sanitisation of the factory premises," the guidelines read.

The factories need to maintain a sanitisation routine every two-three hours especially in the common areas that include lunch rooms and common tables which will have to be wiped clean with disinfectants after every single use, it added. 

To minimise the risk, it is important that employees who work on specific equipment are sensitised and made aware of the need to identify abnormalities like strange sounds or smell, exposed wires, vibrations, leaks, smoke, abnormal wobbling, irregular grinding or other potentially hazardous signs which indicate the need for immediate maintenance or if required shutdown, it said.

 

At least 11 people lost their lives and about 1,000 others were exposed to a gas leak at a factory in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam on May 7.

The incident took place after it restarted operations when the government allowed industrial activities in certain sectors following several weeks of lockdown.

The lockdown was first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 for 21 days in a bid to combat the coronavirus threat. The lockdown was then extended till May 3 and again till May 17.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma