Factories Act, 1955

Provisions as to sanitary authorities.

98.—(1) The expenses of a sanitary authority under this Act shall be raised and defrayed in like manner as their expenses under the Local Government (Sanitary Services) Acts, 1878 to 1948, are raised and defrayed.

(2) A medical officer of health, a health inspector or an officer of a sanitary authority appointed for the purpose of inspection of factories shall give written notice to the Minister of any factory coming to his knowledge in which no abstract of this Act is affixed in accordance with this Act.

(3) For the purpose of their duties under this Act, a sanitary authority and their officers and medical officers of health and health inspectors shall, without prejudice to their other powers, have all such powers (including, in particular, powers of entry and inspection) as an inspector has, and accordingly in relation to their said duties the provisions of this Act as to furnishing means required by an inspector, and delaying or obstructing an inspector, shall be construed as including references to such officers.

(4) No power of entry or inspection shall be exercised by virtue of subsection (3) of this section except by officers of a sanitary authority, medical officers of health and health inspectors authorised by the sanitary authority in writing in that behalf, either generally or specially, and any such officer shall, if so required, produce his authority to the occupier or any other person holding a responsible position of management at the factory.

(5) If any person who, in pursuance of powers conferred by subsection (3) of this section, is admitted into a factory or place discloses to any person any information obtained by him in the factory or place with regard to any manufacturing process or trade secret, he shall, unless such disclosure was made in the performance of his duty, be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds or, at the discretion of the court, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to both such fine and such imprisonment.