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Centre issues guidelines to restart industry; asks that first week be treated as a trial one

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The Centre has released new guidelines for restarting manufacturing industries after lockdown. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has asked units to consider the first week as a trial run and to ensure necessary safety protocols. It has also urged industries not to try to achieve high production targets.

It has warned that some of the units may have failed to follow the standard operation procedures in view of the long lockdown and to keep in mind that some of these may pose risk, particularly storage facilities with hazardous chemicals and inflammable material.

The guidelines have come after a gas leak from a polymer plant in Visakhapatnam left several dead.

The guidelines also stressed on sanitation that needs to be done for 24 hours. The factories need to maintain a sanitisation routine every two-three hours especially in the common areas, the guideline said. It also asked that employees who work on specific equipment are sensitized and able to identify strange sounds/ smell/ exposed wires/ vibrations/ leaks and smoke among others. It also said that all equipment should be inspected as per the safety protocols during the restart phase.