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Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code 2020 (OSH Code)

The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code (OSH),2020 is one of the four codes, introduced to replace the the existing labour laws in India. The OSH,2020 has recieved president's assent in September 2020, but is yet to be implemented in the country.

The OSH,2020 , after implementation, will subsume 13 existing labour laws namely:

  1. The Factories Act, 1948
  2. The Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970
  3. The Mines Act, 1952
  4. The Dock Workers (Safety, Health and Welfare) Act, 1986
  5. The Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act,1996
  6. The Plantations Labour Act, 1951
  7. The Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979
  8. The Working Journalist and other News Paper Employees (Conditions of Service and Miscellaneous Provi- sion) Act, 1955
  9. The Working Journalist (Fixation of rates of wages) Act, 1958
  10. The Cine Workers and Cinema Theatre Workers Act, 1981
  11. The Motor Transport Workers Act, 1961
  12. The Sales Promotion Employees (Conditions of Service) Act, 1976
  13. The Beedi and Cigar Workers (Conditions of Employment) Act, 1966

The states are releasing the OSH rules applicable in the respective areas and the release status is

State/UT OSH Draft status

S.No State Status Available at
1 Andaman and Nicobar Draft Awaited
2 Andhra Pradesh Released on 18th June 2022 OSH Andhra
3 Arunachal Pradesh Draft Awaited
4 Assam Released on 28th March 2022 OSH Assam
5 Bihar Released on 8th Nov 2021 OSH Bihar
6 Central Released on 29th September 2020 OSH
7 Chandigarh Released on 28th December 2021 OSH Chandigarh
8 Chhattisgarh Released on 25th May 2021 OSH Chhattisgarh
9 Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Draft Awaited
10 Delhi Draft Awaited
11 Goa Released on 9th December 2021 OSH Goa
12 Gujarat Released on 30th December 2021 OSH Gujarat
13 Haryana Released on 16th September 2021 OSH Haryana
14 Himachal Pradesh Released on 23rd November 2021 OSH HP
15 Jammu and Kashmir Released on 3rd Feburary 2022 OSH J&K
16 Jharkhand Released on 27th August 2021 OSH Jharkhand
17 Karnataka Released on 4th April 2022 OSH Karnataka
18 Kerala Released on 15th December 2021 OSH Kerala
19 Ladakh Released on 20th April 2022 OSH Ladakh
20 Lakshadweep Draft Awaited
21 Madhya Pradesh Released on 9th March 2021 OSH MP
22 Maharashtra Released on 18th July 2022 OSH Maharashtra
23 Manipur Released on 19th November 2021 OSH Manipur
24 Meghalaya Draft Awaited
25 Mizoram Draft Awaited
26 Nagaland Draft Awaited
27 Odisha Released on 1st July 2021 OSH Odisha
28 Puducherry Draft Awaited
29 Punjab Released on 17th May 2021 OSH Punjab
30 Rajasthan Draft Awaited
31 Sikkim Draft Awaited
32 Tamil Nadu Released on 11th April 2022 OSH Tamil Nadu
33 Telangana Released on 28th January 2022 OSH Telangana
34 Tripura Released on 14th March 2022 OSH Tripura
35 Uttar Pradesh Released on 25th March 2021 OSH UP
36 Uttarakhand Released on 4th March 2021 OSH Uttarakhand
37 West Bengal Draft Awaited

After the implementation, the principal employer will have to maintain/submit the following reports under the code

Form No Name Rule By / To Submission
Form I Application of Registration Rule 3 Submitted by Employer Shramsuvhidha Portal
Form II Certificate of Registration Rule 3(1) Issued to employer
Form I Application of Registration Rule 3 Submitted by Employer Shramsuvhidha Portal
Form III Register of Establishment Rule 3(8) Maintained by Registering Officer
Form IV Notice of Commencement/ Cesation of Establishment Rule 3(5) and Rule-5 Submitted by Employer The Registering Officer
Form V Performa for Medical Examination Rule 6 Submitted by the qualified medical practitioner to the concerned employer and employee.
Form VI Notice of Accident or Dangerous Occurrence Rule 8 Submitted by Employer to the Inspector-cum facilitator and Chief Inspector-cum Facilitator and District Magistrate or Sub-divisional Officer, the officer-in-charge of the nearest police station; and the family members /kin of the injured or deceased person.
Form VII Notice of Period of Work Rule 57 Maintained by Employer Displayed at conspicuous places on a notice board or electronic board
Form VIII Register of Workers Employed in an Establishment, Wages, Overtime, Fine, Deduction for Damage or Loss Rule 58 Maintained by Employer shall be kept available at an office or the nearest convenient building within the precincts of the establishment;
Form IX Annual Return Rule 60 Submitted by Employer To the Inspector-cum-facilitator having jurisdiction
Form X Register of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences Rule 61 Maintained by Employer
Form XI Register of Leaves with Wages Rule 62 Maintained by Employer
Form XII Improvement Notice and Prohibition Order Rule 64 Issued to employer
Form XIII Application of License Rule 71 and Rule 72 Submitted by Contractor Shramsuvhidha Portal
Form XIV Performa of License Rule 73 Issued to Contractor
Form XV Experience Certificate of Contract Labour Rule 83 Issued by contractor on demand
Form XVI Agreement between Producer and Audio-visual worker Rule 88 Shall be registered with the competent authority a

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