Demystifying ‘The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020’

Demystifying ‘The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020’


COVID 19 pandemic has impacted the global economy as never before. The estimates indicate that Indian economy has contracted by 23.9% during the April-June 2020 quarter.

The Government of India is already implementing various revival measures. It has also initiated many bold reforms in various sectors with a multiplier effect in terms of investment and employment.

As part of Labour Reforms, 29 Central Labour Laws have been consolidated in to 4 Labour Codes. These codes are expected to

  • reduce complexities prevailing in existing labour laws,
  • provide uniformity in approach,
  • minimise multiplicity of authorities, and
  • bring transparency and accountability in administration of labour laws.

This will facilitate ease of starting and operating businesses in India. The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Condition Code, 2020 (OSHWC Code) has been passed by the Parliament recently. The Rules for the implementation of the provisions under the Code are likely to be notified by December 2020.

The Code aims to simplify, rationalise and amalgamate 13 Central Labour Laws relating to safety, health, working conditions etc.


In order to take benefit of ease of compliance with the requirements and to improve their operational effectiveness, the corporates and the executives must understand the various requirements of the OSHWC Code and prepare themselves for the transition as well as adaptation to new regime.

Key Takeaways

At the end of the programme, participants will be able to

  • Identify the common requirements under the OSHWC Code and existing legislations on OSH;
  • Determine the additional requirements under the OSHWC Code
  • Understand proposed system of enforcement and penalties under the OSHWC Code
  • Understand framework of the proposed Code vis-à-vis simplified compliance with statutory OSH requirements
  • Decide on Strategic direction for improved OSH compliance together with Ease of Doing Business
  • Prepare a “Plan for Transition” in light of new consolidated legislation

Faculty Profile

Vinod Sant retired as Director General of the National Safety Council, India after rendering about 30 years of illustrious service in the field of Occupational Safety and Health.

He is Chairman of the Industrial Fire and Safety Committee (IFSC) of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India since 2017. The IFSC examines the enforcement of safety and health provisions under the Atomic Energy Factories Rules and advices AERB on the measures including formulation of policies, standards and recommendation on implementation by nuclear establishments

Vinod Sant was member on various Government Committees;

(i) Chairman of Sectional Committee on Occupational Health and Safety (CHD 8) of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), (ii) Working Group on OSH for the Twelfth Five Year Plan constituted by the Planning Commission, (iii) Expert Committee of NIOH on Coal Fired Thermal Power Plants, (iv) Expert Committee to examine the Amendments to Factories Act constituted by Govt. of India (v) Committee of Experts on Chemical Weapons Convention (vi) Inquiry constituted by the Govt. of India to enquire into accident in fireworks unit at Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu and (vii) Committee for Review of National Policy on Occupational Safety and Health and Working Conditions.

Mr. Sant was member of UNEP’s Expert Advisory Working Group for revision of Handbook on Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at Local Level (APELL).

Participation Fees

Rs. 2500/- Per Participant + 18% GST – CII SSI Members & Individuals
Rs. 3000/- Per Participant + 18% GST – CII Large & Medium Members
Rs. 3500/- Per Participant + 18% GST - Non-Members

Discount : 10% on 2 or more nominations from an organization.

Change in nomination is allowed. Delegate fee is non-refundable and not adjustable with any other programme