Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
We were able to visit a number of tea factories in different parts of India. During the busy season the atmosphere in parts of some factories is vitiated by dust and fluff, and we noticed the marked improvement effected by efficient dust-extracting machinery of the suction type. We recommend that owners of tea factories be required to install efficient dust-extracting machinery in all such factories within a specified period and that no new factories be allowed to be built without such machinery. In rice milling, dust is formed in considerable quantities both in hoppering and its ancillary processes and in polishing. The meal dust given off in the latter process is not only unpleasant but is stated by the Chief Inspector of Factories in Burma to increase the hazard of fire in the dry weather. We recommend that steps be taken to compel the installation of the necessary protective machinery (e.g., enclosure of polishing cones) in all new mills and that freer use be made by local Governments of the power of inspectors to demand the installation of such machinery in existing mills where the conditions are bad.