Current Affairs - April, 2020

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April 28: World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Every year the World Day for Safety and Health at Work is observed on April 28. With COVID-19 pandemic creating great challenges for governments, workers and employers, this year the day is to focus on addressing outbreak of infectious diseases at work.

This year, the day is marked under the theme

Theme: Stop the Pandemic

Highlights

The day aims to stimulate national tripartite dialogue that convened on safety and health. The day is being observed by the International Labour Organization since 2003.

International Labour Organization

The celebration of the day is a part of Global Strategy on Occupational Safety and Health. ILO also observes International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers on April 28. This is being observed since 1996.

Significance

It is important to mark the day to address emerging risks at work. This includes risks in new and emerging technologies and their production processes. For instance, biotechnology and nanotechnology. Also, the day creates awareness about new working conditions. This includes work intensification, higher work loads, challenging conditions associated with migration.

Current Scenario

With COVID-19 creating crisis all over the world, it is important to bring about adequate safety and health measures at work place. The collaboration of governments, workers and employers both nationally and internationally is the only solution to handle COVID-19.

Guidelines to use Air Conditioners issued by Central Public Works Department

The Central Public Works Department has issued guidelines to use air conditioners during COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines have been issued as Air conditioner usages are to increase with the arrival of Summer in the country.

The main objective of the guidelines is to counter the fact use of air conditioners lead to increased spread of COVID-19. The threat of the pandemic can be reduced by following the guidelines

Highlights

The guidelines were prepared by the Indian Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioner Engineers (ISHRAE). The association shared the guidelines with the Central Public Works Department. The CPWD has made necessary changes and has issued to the public.

The Guidelines

According to the guidelines, the ideal temperature to be maintained while operating an air conditioning system is between 24 degree Celsius and 30 Degree Celsius. The relative humidity should be maintained between 40% and 70%. The other guidelines are as follows

  • The air-conditioned room should be kept ventilated even when the ACs are not operating
  • The commercial and industrial facilities should ventilate with outdoor air
  • In order to maintain positive pressure in the space, the mechanical exhaust air shall be 70% to 80% of fresh air quantity.
  • The air filters should be cleaned frequently.

It is to be noted that the GoI had recently issued order that every air conditioner should have minimum temperature threshold as 24 degree celsius.

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