Occupational hazards

Published: Monday 15 January 2001

Bellowing smoke: workers conti in an endeavour to improve the working conditions in Delhi and prepare a list of recommendations for Delhi health minister, the New Delhi-based Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, and the University of Queensland, Australia, held a two-day conference on December 8-9, 2000 in New Delhi. The recommendations made included providing training to doctors and environment officers; and regulation of health and safety in non-regulated small-scale industrial units. The participants stated that there was a lack of coordination between the labour ministry and the health ministry. C M Bhasin, chief inspector of factories, Delhi government, said that to keep tab on 6,500 factories in Delhi there are only seven inspectors and one doctor to take care of occupational health problems.

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