The Union Cabinet has approved the National Policy on Safety, Health and Environment at Workplace to address the issue of securing health and safety of workers in the country as envisaged in the Constitution.
It provides general guidelines for all stakeholders such as Governments, inspection authorities employers, research and development institutions, educational institutions, etc. for developing a safety culture and environment at all work places.
The policy envisages actions for improving safety, health and environment at workplace by providing for a statutory framework, administrative and technical support, system of incentives, prevention strategies and their monitoring and inclusion of safety health and environment aspects in other related national policies.
It also spells an action programme comprising development of standards and codes of practices, encouraging compliance by stakeholders, increasing awareness, promoting and proving for research and development, knowledge and skill development, practical guidance and providing financial and non-financial incentives.
The provisions of the policy would be reviewed every five years, if necessary.