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Unformatted text preview: F ACTORIES, OFFICES AND SHOPS ACT, 1970 (ACT 328) As Amended by FACTORIES, OFFICES AND SHOPS ACT (AMENDMENT) LAW, 1983 (PNDCL 66).1 FACTORIES, OFFICES AND SHOPS (AMENDMENT) LAW, 1991 (PNDCL 275).2 GHANA NATIONAL FIRE SERVICE ACT, 1997 (ACT 537).3 ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS Section PART 1²REGISTRATION OF FACTORIES 1. Register of factories 2. Registration of existing factories 3. Registration of new factories 4. Alterations and building of new factories 5. Offences. PART 2²REGISTERS AND PRESCRIBED ABSTRACT 6. General registers 7. Preservation of registers and records 8. Prescribed abstract, regulations and notices PART 3²PARTICULARS OF OFFICES AND SHOPS 9. Particulars to be given on request PART 4²NOTIFICATION OF ACCIDENTS 10. Notification of accidents 11. Notification of dangerous occurrences 12. Notification of industrial diseases PART 5²HEALTH AND WELFARE 13. Cleanliness 14. Overcrowding 15. Ventilation 16. Washing facilities 17. Lighting 18. Drainage of floors 19. Sanitary conveniences 20. Drinking water 21. Accommodation for clothing 22. Sitting facilities 23. Removal of dust or fumes 24. Taking of meals 25. Protective clothing and appliances 26. Noise and vibrations 27. Prohibition of lifting excessive weights 28. First aid 29. Power to require medical supervision 30. Health and wealth regulations PART 6²SAFETY 31. Prevention of fire 32. Fire alarms 33. Safety provisions in case of fire 34. Safe means of access and safe place of employment 35. Floors, passages and stairs 36. Training and supervision 37. Cleaning of machinery 38. Fencing of dangerous machinery 39. Safeguards for transmission machinery 40. Construction and maintenance of fencing 41. Construction and sale of machinery 42. Vessels containing dangerous liquids 43. Self-acting machines 44. Hoists and lifts 45. Chains, ropes and lifting tackle 46. Cranes and other lifting machines 47. Register of chains, ropes, lifting tackle and machines 48. Dangerous fumes and lack of oxygen 49. Explosive or inflammable substances 50. Steam boilers, receivers and containers, and air receivers 51. Safety regulations PART 7²DANGEROUS CONDITIONS AND PRACTICES 52. Dangerous conditions and practices 53. Dangerous premises 54. Appeal to High Court PART 8²SPECIAL APPLICATIONS AND EXTENSIONS 55. Part of building as separate factory or shop 56. Docks, wharves, quays and warehouses 57. Building operations and works of engineering construction 58. Premises in which steam boilers are used 59. Institutions PART 9²OFFENCES AND LEGAL PROCEEDINGS 60. Liability for contra vention 61. Liability of actual offender 62. Liability of owner of machine 63. General penalty 64. Offences continued after conviction 65. Court order to remedy contravention 66. Penalty for death or injury 67. Forgery, uttering and personation 68. Prosecution of offences 69. Special provisions as to evidence 70. Service of documents, etc. 71. Power to modify agreement 72. Power to apportion expenses 73. Inspector may conduct court proceedings PART 10²ADMINISTRATION 74. Appointment of Inspectors 75. Powers of Inspectors 76. Obstruction of Inspector 77. Power to take samples PART 11²GENERAL 78. Duties of persons employed 79. Notices and certificates 80. Deductions from wages prohibited 81. Exemption 82. Application 83. Definition of factory 84. Definition of an office 85. Definition of a shop 86. Interpretation 87. Repeal and savings 88. Commencement 88A. Commencement SCHEDULES First Schedule Second Schedule Third Schedule Fourth Schedule T HE THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH ACT OF THE PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA ENTITLED T HE FACTORIES, OFFICES AND SHOPS ACT, 1970. AN ACT to provide for the registration of factories, the health, welfare and safety of persons employed in factories, offices, shops and other places, and matters connected therewith. DATE OF ASSENT: 12th May, 1970 BE IT ENACTED by the Presidential Commission and the National Assembly in this present Parliament assembled as follows: ² PART 1²REGISTRATION OF FACTORIES Section 1²Register of Factories. The Chief Inspector shall keep a register of factories in which he shall cause to be entered such particulars in relation to every factory required to be registered under this Act as he may consider necessary or desirable. Section 2²Registration of Existing Factories. (1) Every person who occupies a factory shall within one month after the commencement of this Act apply for its registration by sending to the Chief Inspector a notice containing the particulars set out in the First Schedule. (2) On receipt of such notice the Chief Inspecto r shall register the factory and shall issue to the occupier a Certificate of Registration upon the payment by the occupier of the prescribed fee. [As amended by Factories, Offices and Shops (Amendment) Law, 1983 (PNDCL 66) s. 1(a)] (3) Every certificate of registration issued under this section shall be an annual certificate and shall expire on the 31st day of December of the year in which it is issued. [As inserted by Factories, Offices and Shops (Amendment) Law, 1983 (PNDCL 66) s. 1(b)] Section 3²Registration of New Factories. (1) Any person who intends to occupy or use any premises as a factory after the commencement of this Act shall, not less than one month before he begins to occupy or use the premises as a factory, apply for the registration of the p remises by sending to the Chief Inspector a notice containing the particulars set out in the First Schedule. (2) On receipt of such notice the Chief Inspector shall, within three months, register the factory and shall issue to the occupier a Certificate of Registration upon the payment by the occupier of the prescribed fee. [As amended by Factories, Offices and Shops (Amendment) Law, 1983 (PNDCL 66) s. 1(c)] (3) Every certificate of registration issued under this section shall be an annual certificate and shall expire on the 31st day of December of the year in which it is issued. [As inserted by Factories, Offices and Shops (Amendment) Law, 1983 (PNDCL 66) s. 1(d)] Section 3A²Renewal of Certificate of Registration. The provisions of this part which relate to the issue of a certificate of registration shall apply to any application for the renewal of a certificate of registration and to such renewal. [As inserted by Factories, Offices and Shops (Amendment) Law, 1983 (PNDCL 66) s. 1(e)] Section 4²Alterations and Building of New Factories. (1) No person shall commence or permit or cause to be commenced ² (a) the building of any premises intended to be used as a factory; or (b) any works to alter or add to any factory or premises intended to be used as a factory, unless he has first submitted to the Chief Inspector or to the Inspector for the district not less than one month before such commencement proper plans of such building works, alterations or additions accompanied by the particulars set out in the Second Schedule. (2) The Chief Inspector may require such changes to be made in the building plans as are reasonably necessary to ensure compliance with the provisions of this Act relating to health, welfare and safety, and may, in the case of the building of a new factory, refuse to register the factory under section 3 until his requirements have been complied with. Section 5²Offences. Any person who contravenes any provision of section 2(1), 3(1) or 4(1) shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding two hundred thousand cedis. [As amended by the Factories, Offices and Shops (Amendment) Law, 1991 (PNDCL 275) s.1(a)] PART 2²REGISTERS AND PRESCRIBED ABSTRACT Section 6²General Registers. (1) There shall be kept in every factory a genera l register in the prescribed form, and there shall be entered in or attached to that register ² (a) the Certificate of Registration of the factory; (b) every other certificate issued in respect of the factory by the Chief Inspector; (c) the prescribed particulars relating to the cleanliness of the factory; (d) the prescribed particulars of every accident and case of occupational disease occurring in the factory; (e) all reports and particulars required by this Act to be entered in or attached to the general register; (f) such other matters as may be prescribed. (2) The occupier of a factory shall send to an Inspector such extracts from the general register as he may require for the execution of his duties under this Act. Section 7²Preservation of Registers and Records. The general register and every other register or record kept in pursuance of this Act shall be preserved and kept available for inspection by any Inspector for two years after the date of the last entry therein. Section 8²Prescribed Abstract, Regulations and Notices. (1) There shall be kept posted in a prominent position in every factory ² (a) the prescribed abstract of this Act; (b) a notice of the address of the Chief Inspector and of the nearest Inspector and labour officer; (c) printed copies of any regulations made under this Act which are in force in the factory, or the prescribed abstracts thereof; and (d) every other notice or document required by this Act to be posted in the factory. (2) The Secretary may by legislative instrument make regulations² (a) prescribing the abstracts of this Act which shall be kept posted in pursuance of this section; (b) prescribing any regulations or abstracts thereof made under this Act which are in force in the factory, and which shall be kept posted in pursuance of this section; (c) prescribing fees in respect of certificates of registration and their renewal; (d) for otherwise giving effect to the principles and purposes of the Act. [As substituted by the Factories, Offices and Shops (Amendment) Law, 19 83, (PNDCL 66), s.1(g)]. PART 3²PARTICULARS OF OFFICES AND SHOPS Section 9²Particulars to be given on Request. Every person who occupies any office or shop to which this Act applies shall, if so requested by an Inspector, within one month serve on the Chie f Inspector a notice containing the particulars set out in the Third Schedule. PART 4²NOTIFICATION OF ACCIDENTS Section 10²Notification of Accidents. (1) Where an accident in any factory, office or shop ² (a) causes the death of a person employed therein; o r (b) disables any such person for more than three days from earning full wages at work at which he was employed, the occupier shall forthwith send written notice of the accident, in the prescribed form and containing the prescribed particulars, to the Chi ef Inspector or the Inspector for the district. (2) Where an accident causing disablement is notified under this section, and after notification results in the death of the person disabled, the occupier shall, as soon as the death comes to his notice, send written notice of the death to the Chief Inspector or the Inspector for the district. (3) Where any accident to which this section applies occurs to a person employed to work in any factory, office or shop and the occupier of the premises is not the actua l employer of the person killed or injured, the actual employer shall, if he fails to report the accident to the occupier immediately, be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand cedis. [As amended by the Factories, Offices and Shops (Amendment) Law, 1991 (PNDCL 275), s.1(b)] Section 11²Notification of Dangerous Occurrences. (1) Written notice of every dangerous occurrence to which this section applies occurring in any factory, office or shop shall, whether death or disablement is caused or not, forthwith be sent by the occupier in the prescribed form containing the prescribed particulars to the Chief Inspector or the Inspector for the district. (2) The dangerous occurrences to which this section applies are ² (a) all cases of explosion, fire and collapse of buildings; (b) accidents to machinery or plant likely to cause risk of serious bodily injury to persons employed; (c) collapse, overturning or failure of a crane, derrick, winch, hoist or other appliance used in raising or lowering persons or goods; (d) bursting of a revolving vessel, wheel, grindstone or grinding wheel moved by mechanical power. Section 12²Notification of Industrial Diseases. (1) Written notice of every case of industrial disease to which this section applies occurring in a factory or shop shall forthwith be sent by the occupier in the prescribed form and containing the prescribed particulars to the Chief Inspector or the Inspector for the district. (2) The industrial diseases to which this section applies are lead, phosphorus, manganese, arsenical and mercurial poisoning, toxic anaemia, toxic jaundice, anthrax, ulceration and any other prescribed illness or disease. PART 5²HEALTH AND WELFARE Section 13²Cleanliness. (1) Every factory, office and shop and all furniture, furnishing and fittings therein shall be kept in a clean state. (2) Accumulations of dirt and refuse shall be removed daily from the floors and benches of workrooms, and from staircases and passages. (3) The floor of every office, shop and workroom shall be cleaned at least once a week by washing, sweeping or some other suitable and effective method. (4) In every factory, all inside walls and partitions, and all ceilings or tops of rooms, and all walls, sides and tops of passage s and staircases shall² (a) where they have a smooth impervious surface, be washed with hot water and soap or otherwise suitably cleaned at least once in every twelve months; (b) where they are varnished or painted with oil paint, be revarnished or repainted at least once in every five years, and at least once in every twelve months be washed with hot water and soap or otherwise suitably cleaned; and (c) in other cases, be whitewashed or colour -washed at least once in every twelve months. (5) Where the Chief Inspector is satisfied that any provision of this section is inappropriate in relation to any premises, he may by certificate in writing exempt those premises from such provision. Section 14²Overcrowding. (1) No room comprised in or constituting a factor y, office or shop shall, while work is carried on therein, be so overcrowded as to cause risk of injury to the health of persons working therein; and in determining whether any such room is overcrowded or not, account shall be taken not only of the number of persons who may be expected to be working in the room at any time but also of the space in the room occupied by furniture, furnishings, fittings, machinery, plant, equipment and appliances. (2) The floor area (in square feet) or capacity (in cubic feet) for each person habitually employed to work in any room to which this section applies shall not be less than 40 square feet or 400 cubic feet respectively. (3) Every workroom shall be not less than nine feet in height, measured from the floor to the lowest point of the ceiling or, where there is no ceiling to the lowest point of the roofing material. (4) Where the Chief Inspector is satisfied that the special conditions under which work is carried on in any workroom render the application of subsection (2) or (3) inappropriate or unnecessary, he may by certificate in writing exempt the workroom from those provisions subject to any conditions specified in the certificate. (5) In calculating for the purposes of this section the cubic space in any room, no space more than fourteen feet from the floor shall be taken into account. Section 15²Ventilation. Effective and suitable provision shall be made in all factories, offices and shops to secure and maintain by the circulation of fresh air in each workroom the ad equate ventilation of the room. Section 16²Washing Facilities. (1) Adequate and suitable washing facilities, conveniently accessible for the use of all persons employed, shall be provided and maintained in a clean and orderly condition in every factory, office and shop. (2) Where the Chief Inspector is satisfied that, by reason of the difficulty of obtaining an adequate supply of water or any other special circumstances, the application of this section to any premises would be unreasonable, he may by certif icate in writing exempt those premises from the requirements of this section. Section 17²Lighting. (1) Effective provision shall be made to secure and maintain sufficient and suitable lighting, whether natural or artificial, in every part of any factory, o ffice or shop in which persons are working or passing. (2) All apparatus installed for producing artificial lighting where lighting is required by this section shall be properly maintained. (3) All glazed windows and skylights used for the lighting of any part of a factory, office or shop shall, so far as practicable, be kept clean on both the inner and outer surfaces and free from obstruction; but this subsection shall not affect the whitewashing or shading of windows or skylights to mitigate heat or glar e. Section 18²Drainage of Floors. Where any process is carried on in any factory or shop which renders a floor liable to be wet to such an extent that the water is capable of being removed by drainage, effective means shall be provided and maintained to drain off the water. Section 19²Sanitary Conveniences. (1) Adequate and suitable sanitary conveniences conveniently accessible to persons employed shall be provided, maintained and kept clean in every factory, office and shop, and effective provision shall be made for their lighting and ventilation. (2) Where persons of both sexes are employed (except where the only persons employed are members of the same family, or where less than five persons are employed), separate conveniences shall be provided for mal es and females. (3) The Minister may by executive instrument direct that the provisions of this section shall, in any area, be enforced by the local authority. (4) Where an Inspector finds any act or default in relation to any drain, sanitary convenience or water supply, or any nuisance or other matter in any premises to which this Act applies, which appears to him to be the concern of the local authority under this section or under any other enactment, he shall give notice thereof in writing to the local a uthority. Section 20²Drinking Water. (1) An adequate supply of wholesome drinking water shall be provided and maintained at suitable points conveniently accessible to all persons employed in every factory, office or shop. (2) Where a supply of drinking wat er is not piped, it shall be contained in suitable vessels and shall be renewed at least daily; and all practicable steps shall be taken to preserve the water and vessels from contamination. (3) A drinking water supply, whether piped or not, shall in such cases as an Inspector may direct be clearly marked "Drinking Water". Section 21²Accommodation for Clothing. Adequate and suitable accommodation for clothing not worn during working hours shall be provided and maintained at suitable places for the use of al l persons employed in any factory, office or shop. Section 22²Sitting Facilities. (1) Where persons employed in any factory, office or shop have in the course of their work reasonable opportunities for sitting without detriment to their work, there shall be provided and maintained for their use, at suitable places conveniently accessible to them, suitable facilities for sitting sufficient to enable them to take advantage of those opportunities. (2) Where a substantial proportion of such work can properly be done sitting² (a) there shall be provided and maintained for any employed person doing that work a seat of a design construction and size suitable for him and the work, together with a footrest on which he can readily and comfortably support his feet if he cannot do so without one; (b) the arrangements shall be such that the seat is adequately and properly supported while in use for the purpose for which it is provided. Section 23²Removal of Dust or Fumes. (1) Where in any factory process there is given of f dust, fumes or other impuritie...
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