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Head Quarters

The DGFASLI headquarters Mumbai maintains overall liaison with its Central and Regional Labour Institutes, frames policy, plans and executes the program concerning the organization on matters pertaining to safety, health and welfare of workers in industries and docks and implements technical projects and liaises with national and international agencies.

Factory Advice Service


The Factory Advice Service division coordinates the administration of the Factories Act in the States and advises the Central and State Governments on related matters. The activities include interpretation of the provisions of the Act and the Rules, formulation of Model Rules, recommending amendments to the provisions of the Factories Act, and the Rules whenever necessary, issue of technical guidelines, organizing and conducting training for Inspectors of Factories, recommending approval of flameproof equipment for use in the factories, review and comment on documents on safety and health from the International Labour Organisation and other international agencies and participation in international programmes.


A conference of the Chief Inspectors of Factories of the States is convened annually for the purpose of obtaining their views and suggestions regarding the changes that need to be made in the Act and Rules to meet the challenges brought about by new technology and changing socio-economic scenario..

The division had organising training for Fellows from developing countries under various technical assistance programmes of the government such as COLOMBO Plan, Special Common Wealth African Assistance Programme (SCAAP), etc. which are generally of three months duration. During period 1981-88, 41 fellows were trained.

Statistical Cell

The statistical cell under the division collects and compiles accident statistics and other information related to the administration of the Factories Act and Rules framed thereunder. This information base is used in planning and implementation of national policie concerning occupational safety and health as well as preparing replies to the various Parliament questions.

Dock Workers Safety Division


The office of the Chief Adviser of Factories, presently known as DGFASLI drafted the Indian Dock Labourers Regulations,1948 under the Indian Labourers Act, 1934. The Chief Adviser of Factories started administering the Regulations from 1948 in the five major ports of Mumbai, Kolkatta, Chennai, Cochin and Visakhapatnam through the three inspectorates of Dock Safety set up in Mumbai, Kolkatta and Chennai.


Besides these Regulations, the Dock Workers (Safety,Health &Welfare) Scheme,1961 framed under the Dock Workers (Regulation of Employment) Act, 1948 was also enforced by the Inspectorate of Dock Safety in the major ports. Subsequently, six more ports namely, Paradip, Turicorin, New Mangalore, Mormugao, Kandla and Nhava-Sheva, renamed as Jawaharlal Nehru Port, were declared as major ports.


Consequent to the recommendation of the First National Commission on Labour (Gajendranagar Commission) a common comprehensive law on safety and health of dock workers titled the Dock Workers (Safety, Health and Welfare) Act,1986 was framed and made applicable from 15th April 1987. Under this Act a set of comprehensive regulations called the Dock Workers (Safety, Health and Welfare) Regulations 1990 was framed and brought into force with effect from 18th March 1990 and thereby repealing the earlier Regulations and Scheme. The new Act and Regulations are in line with the ILO Convention 152 concerning safety and health in dock work. The Director General, DGFASLI is the Chief Inspector of Dock Safety and the administration of these dock safety statutes is carried out by the Ministry of Labour through DGFASLI, Mumbai

The DGFASLI is also entrusted with the responsibility of enforcing the Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemicals Rules 1989 framed under the Environment(Protection) Act 1986, in the port sector.

The main focus of the Dock Safety division is on:

  • Administering the Dock Workers (Safety, Health and Welfare) Act,1986 and the Dock Workers(Safety, Health and Welfare)Regulations 1990 framed there underinvolving administrative approval of decisions arising out of enforcement of the Statutes by the Chief Inspector of Dock Safety and fixing inspection priorities, etc. in all the eleven major ports.
  • Proposing amendments to the existing Dock Safety Legislation
  • Enforcing the Environment (Protection) Act and the Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemicals Rules, 1989 framed there under and the Marking of Heavy Packages Act, 1951 and the Rules made there under
  • Planning and policy making
  • Advisory services to the Port Authorities, Dock Labour Boards, Stevedores and other employers of dock workers.
  • Organising international training programmes for port officials from developing countries.
  • Enforcing the Environment (Protection) Act and the Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemicals Rules, 1989 framed there under and the Marking of Heavy Packages Act, 1951 and the Rules made there under

The enforcement function is carried out through the ten Inspectorates located at the major ports with their regional inspectorates in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. These Inspectorates of Dock Safety are responsible for carrying out the following major activities.


  • Inspection of ships, docks, loose gear, lifting appliances, transport equipment etc.
  • Investigation of accidents
  • Launching of prosecutions.


  • Carrying out safety studies and surveys through a multi-disciplinary approach
  • Organising and conducting training courses on occupational safety and health

Advisory Services:

Rendering Technical Advice to:

  • The port authorities
  • Other employers of dock workers
  • Port users

Safety Promotional activities:

  • Organising/participating in safety promotional activities such as celebration of Dock Safety Weeks
  • Functioning as representatives of the Chief Inspector of Dock Safety on the Dock Safety Committees at ports


The Awards cell operates the Prime Minister's Shram Award, Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar (VRP), National Safety Awards (NSA) of the Ministry of Labour & Employment.

Prime Minister's Shram Award (P.M.S.A)

The Prime Minister's Shram Award was instituted in the year 1985. The objective of the Prime Minister's Shram Award is in recognize the outstanding contributions made by workmen as defined int he Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 in organisations both in public and private sector who have distinguished record of performance, devotion to duty of a high order, specific contributions in the field of productivity, proven innovative abilities etc.

There are 41**Awards under the scheme. The awards in order of importance are : Shram Ratna, Shram Bhushan, Shram Vir/Veerangana and Shram Shri/Devi. The recognition consists of a Sanand and Cash award. The awards are shared between private and public sector industries, except the top award of Shram Ratna which is common to both the sectors.

Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar (V.R.P)

The Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar was instituted in the year 1965 (earlier named as Shram Vir National Award). The objective of the Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar (VRP) is to recognize the outstanding contributions made by a worker or a group of workers in an organisation to improve productivity, occupational safety & health, environment and working conditions as well as quality & safety of products. The scheme is applicable for workers employed in the factories and docks. There are 28 awards under this scheme.

National Safety Awards (N.S.A.)

The National Safety Awards (N.S.A) was instituted in the year 1965, NSA is meant to give recognition to good safety performance on the part of Industrial Establishments and to maintain the morale of both the managements and the workers for accident prevention and safety promotion programmes.

The awards are given based on Frequency Rate of accidents and accident - free period. A total of 240 awards are given to different categories of Industries and Major Ports.

NOTE : There are 41**Awards under the scheme. 

Instead of 41 , 33 nos awards under the Scheme.

As per Application form PMSA Awards, no of awards distributed as follows:


Name of

the Award

No of Award

Cash Prize


Shram Ratna


Rs. 2,00,000/-


Shram Bhushan


Rs. 1,00,000/- each


Shram  Veer/Veerangana


Rs. 60,000/- each


Shram Shree/Devi


Rs. 40,000/- each



33 nos


NOTE : Shram Ratna puraskar is common to both Public and private sector however sl no 2,3,4 distributed to Public sector and private sector equally.

The Divisions in CLI are organised as below :

Industrial Safety

The Industrial Safety division aims at achieving improvement in working conditions and safety standards of factories and docks through training,consultancy, field studies, surveys and other promotional activities. It has contributed to the following achievements:

  • Evolution of a safety movement in the country
  • Creation of national awareness on safety
  • Development of infra-structure on safety at national level through competence building
  • Better administration of the Factories Act through training of Inspectors of Factories and technical support.

International training in the field of safety for Labour Administrators of factories from Asian Pacific and African countries.

Studies and Surveys:

National surveys are conducted for ascertaining the status of working conditions and standards of safety in particular industries and operations.

Unit level studies are carried out with the objective of assessing the safety related problems and formulating recommendations for improvements. These studies also help the management to take necessary measures towards setting up safety systems, instituting safety programmes and achieving the goal of better safety in their organisations.

Consultancy studies are undertaken at the request of the management or government agencies like the Factory Inspectorates for studying specific problems and rendering advice for corrective measures. The findings of national surveys and unit level consultancy studies become the source of technical inputs while drafting Rules & Regulations and designing various occupational safety and health intervention modules for target groups.


In keeping with its pioneering role in the field of industrial safety, the division has been conducting training for the benefit of foreign delegates, comprising Factory Inspectors and Labour Administrators under various technical co-operation schemes such as the Colombo Plan, Special Commonwealth African Assistance Programme (SCAAP) and Commonwealth Fellowship for technical co-operation. Specialised training courses are conducted for identified target groups such as Senior managers, Safety officers, Supervisors, Trade Union officials, and Safety Committee members from the industry. Some of these courses are :

  • Testing and examination of lifting machinery, lifting tackles and pressure vessels
  • Safety audit
  • Safety in chemical industry
  • Safety management techniques
  • Industrial ventilation and noise

In view of the need of inspection of specific industries and major hazards control, specialised courses are also conducted to impart necessary technical knowledge and skill to the Inspectors of Factories Act 1948.

In order to provide industries and docks sector with qualified safety officers the division division conducts one-year post diploma course in industrial safety.


The division has the following facilities:


  • Industrial Safety, Health and Welfare Centre
  • Safety audit


The Industrial Safety, Health and Welfare Centre demonstrates methods, arrangements and appliances for promoting safety and health of workers. This centre has models and exhibits regarding safety, health and welfare in the form of properly guarded machines, personal protective equipment, safe methods of material handling, light and colour schemes and other arrangements, for propagating the message of safety and other health of workplaces. This centre is open to organised groups from industry and educational institutions.


Environmental Engineering Division

The Environmental Engineering Division was added in Central Labour Institute, Mumbai during Seventies with an object to carry out research, consultancy, and training activities in the field of engineering interventions for control of occupational health hazards related to airborne contaminants and physical hazards including Noise, Thermal stress, vibration, faulty industrial illumination etc.

Industrial Hygiene

The Industrial Hygiene division is concerned with the improvement of industrial work environment and comprises Industrial Hygiene Laboratory (IHL), Respiratory Personal Protective Equipment Testing Laboratory (RPPETL) and Non-Respiratory Personal Protective Equipment Testing Laboratory (NRPPETEL).

The division undertakes various Consultancy studies/surveys, national projects and Training Programme to protect the health of industrial workers through identification, evaluation and suggesting control measures for occupational health hazards. Further advice the management on maintaining the level of hazards below the prescribed limit which are mentioned in the Second Schedule (under Section 41F) of the Factories (Amendment) Act, 1987.

The NRETL carries out the testing of indigenous non-respiratory personal protective equipment such as safety shoes,safety helmets,safety goggles, eye protectors, etc. These personal protective equipment are tested as per the specifications set by the Bureau of Indian Standards(BIS). Based on the test reports, technical advice and guidance on quality improvement are suggested to the entrepreneurs and manufacturers. User industries are also advised on proper selection, use, care and maintenance of various personal protective equipment.

The division also organises training courses in the areas of industrial hygiene for the specific group of industries given in the First Schedule, Section 2(cb) of the Factories (Amendment)Act,1987. These training courses are meant to help safety officers,  chemists, supervisors and middle level managers in the identification, assessment and control of occupational hazards in their factories.

The NRPPETEL carries out the testing of non-respiratory personal protective equipment such as Safety Shoes, Safety Helmets, Safety Goggles, Safety Belt, Eye Protectors, etc. These personal protective equipment are tested as per the specifications set by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Based on the test reports, technical advice and guidance on quality improvement are suggested to the entrepreneurs and manufacturers. User industries are also advised on proper selection, use, care and maintenance of various personal protective equipment.

Industrial Medicine


The Industrial Medicine division aims to prevent and contain health hazards at the workplace brought in by industrialization. The hazards may arise from chemicals or from physical factors such as noise, heat, dust, vibration and radiation.

Occupational Health studies and surveys on industries manufacturing asbestos products, dyestuff, cement, chemical, engineering and ports handling such products are carried out to assess the incidence of occupational diseases by the division.  Suitable recommendations such as medical surveillance, use of personal protective equipment, facilities for personal hygiene and first-aid are made to prevent and control health hazards

The division also carries out training  of factory medical officers and workers on occupational health hazards and first-aid.  Division is also conducting  a three-month certificate course  Associate Fellow  of Industrial Health  (AFIH)” for factory medical officers every year  since 1993 as per statutory requirement of Factories Act. The laboratory attached to the division has facilities for medical investigation, including ILO radiography,  visual acuity tests, audiometric evaluation, and pulmonary function tests.


Staff Training


A pilot project on supervisory training was organized in India by the International Labour Organisation in 1952. Encouraged by the results of the pilot project and realising that such training is an essential requirement for the successful implementation of the plans for the industrialisation of the country the Ministry of Labour, Government of India set up the Training Within Industry (TWI) Centre in Mumbai in 1955 with the assistance of the ILO. In keeping with the changing trend of manpower training and development activities, the centre was later renamed as the Staff Training Division

The division :

  • conducts comprehensive supervisory trainer development projects
  • helps industry to setup training and development cells with persons trained by the division
  • assists industry in institutionalising their manpower training and development efforts by helping them formulate their training and development plans

Over a period of time the activities have expanded to cover the training of management and trade union representatives to help organisation, create a climate conducive for the development of collaborative leadership and bring about improvement in working conditions and productivity. Towards this end, new courses for managers, supervisors, trade union representatives and bipartite forums covering socio- psychological and team building aspects have been developed and conducted.

The division has embarked upon the training of supervisory trainers in chemical industries and trainers of dock workers to help organisations discharge their training responsibility on safety and health aspects under the amended Factories Act and the Dock Workers (Safety, Health and Welfare) Regulations, respectively. These trainers, in turn, undertake the training of supervisors/workers on safety and health aspects in their organisations.



The productivity division aimd at improving productivity vis-a-vis working conditions and promoting co-operation between labour and management in industrial units. The above objectives are sought to be achieved through training courses and consultancy projects. In consultancy projects a management and labour project team is formed and the experts of the division act as technical consultants and catalyst to the team.

Some of the courses conducted by the division are :

  • Productivity techniques for effective employee participation
  • Work study and wage incentives
  • Wage & Salary Administration
  • Office management

Man-power planning, job evaluation, productivity improvement, organisation and methods and wage incentives are some of the consultancy areas.

Major Accident Hazards & Chemical Safety


Major Hazards & Chemical Safety Division (MH&CS) formerly known as Major Accident Hazard Control Advisory (MAHCA) Division was added to the CLI as well as in RLIs located at Chennai, Kanpur, & Kolkata in 1987.The Division was the outcome of the ILO project Establishment and Initial Operation of Major Accident Hazards Control System The project was executed by DGFASLI in collaboration with Factory Inspectorates of the various States and Union Territories . Although the project was completed in December, 1990, divisions continue to provide important services for the control of major accident hazards in the country. The activities of divisions were gradually enlarged to include other aspects of chemical safety. The name of the division was changed since the year 2007.

The important achievements are :

  • Setting up of a 3-tier technical organisation on Major Accident Hazards Control (MAHC) at the national, regional and state levels.
  • Preparation of Model Rules for Control of Industrial Major Accident Hazards.
  • Training of Inspectors of Factories in the inspection of major accident hazard installations.
  • Development and publication of training manuals and checklists.
  • Preparation of guidelines for inspection of chemical plants, on-site emergency plans and safety reports.

The division offers the following services :

  • Conducting training courses, seminars and workshops on Major Accident Hazard Control and Chemical Safety for various identified target groups, namely senior executives, trade union leaders, senior government officials, safety officers and members of safety committees in industries.
  • Organizing specialized training courses/workshops on Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) study. Pipeline safety, Safety in process control, dispersion modeling and safety audit.
  • Conducting studies and surveys on specialized areas of Risk Assessment, HAZOP & Safety audit in process industries