Labour Investigation Committee (1946)||
The Factories Act requires that "in every factory in which any process involving contact by the workers with any injurious or obnoxious-substances is carried on, a sufficient supply of Water suitable for washing shall be provided for the use of workers, at suitable places and with facilities for its use". Almost all the factories provide water for washing but not soap, soda and towels which are also necessary. In many cases the number of taps and basins is inadequate. Only in a few cases are the facilities for washing completely satisfactory. As for bathing facilities, very few employers provide these inside factory premises. "The workers
who live in crowded areas have inadequate facilities for washing at their homes and bathing facilities would add to their comfort, health and efficiency."1 Even in mines where bathing facilities are absolutely necessary, pithed baths are provided by very few mine-owners. "Construction of pithed baths by the Tata Iron and Steel Co., at their Dig-wadhi Colliery is pioneer work in the Jharia coalfields. At these baths 52 workers can have shower bath at one time. There are separate sections for men and women."