Safety in Industry Act, 1980

Industrial medical advisers.

50.—(1) (a) The Minister may designate under this subsection a registered medical practitioner.

(b) A person who for the time being stands designated under this subsection shall be known, and is in this section subsequently referred to, as an “industrial medical adviser”.

(c) It shall be the duty of an industrial medical adviser—

(i) in case for the time being there does not stand designated under this subsection any other industrial medical adviser, to advise the Minister professionally in relation to his functions under the Acts,

(ii) in case there stands for the time being so designated one or more other industrial medical advisers, to advise the Minister professionally in relation to such of his functions under the Acts as the Minister shall from time to time specify in writing in relation to him.

(2) (a) The Minister may by a direction in writing direct that any person who is for the time being an industrial medical adviser shall have all the powers of an inspector for the purposes of the Acts and in case the Minister so directs, then for so long as the direction is in force, references in the Acts, other than in section 95 of the Principal Act, to an inspector shall be construed as including a reference to an industrial medical adviser.

(b) In case the Minister gives a direction under this subsection, every industrial medical adviser shall be furnished with a certified copy of the direction, and when visiting a factory or a place to which any of the provisions of this Act apply, shall, if so required, produce the document to the occupier or any other person holding a responsible position of management at the factory or place.

(3) Subsection (2) of section 93 of the Principal Act shall apply to a direction under this section as it applies to an authorisation under that section.

(4) It shall be the duty of an industrial medical adviser, on behalf of the Minister, to accept and keep custody of any notice, report or certificate required by the Acts or by regulations under the Acts to be sent to the Minister by a registered medical practitioner.

(5) An industrial medical adviser may—

(a) invite any person who, in such adviser's opinion, either has been or may be exposed in the course of his employment in a factory or specified premises to any risk of bodily injury or other danger to his health,

(b) for the purpose of comparing with that of other persons the state of health of persons employed in different factories or specified premises or in different places in the same factory or specified premises, invite any person to be medically examined, at such place as he shall designate, either by him or on his behalf or by or on behalf of such certifying doctor or other registered medical practitioner as he shall specify.

(6) Where an industiral medical adviser is appointed to be a certifying doctor for the purposes of the Acts, no fee shall be payable to him as regards the carrying out of his duties as such doctor.