DAILY LAW TIPS (Tip 379) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)


All factories in Nigeria are regulated by the Factories Act. There is a compulsory level of minimum cleanliness that must be attained and marinated by all factories across Nigeria.
Every factory in Nigeria, must;

1. Be free from effluvia arising from any drain or sanitary convenience or nuisance.
2. Have daily method of removing dirts from floors, passages and workrooms
3. Have a weekly method of washing or sweeping floors of every workroom
4. Have a method of yearly cleaning with hot water and soap or other suitable method, of inside walls, partitions, ceiling tops, sides and passages where they have smooth impervious surface.
5. Have in every 5 years, the repainting or revarnishing of inside walls, partitions, ceiling tops, sides and passages where they have oil painted or varnished surface and a hot water and soap wash in every 12 years.
6. Have in every 12 years, whitewashing or colour-washing of inside walls, partitions, ceiling tops, sides and passages where they are not oil painted or varnished surface.
Note, it is only the Director of Factories that can waive or declare any cleaning method as inappropriate and can only declare such via a gazette.
Not adhering to the cleanliness procedures above is an offence punishable with fine of #500.00 and or imprisonment for not more than 3 months and an extra #100.00 for each day that such violation continues after conviction.

My authorities are sections 7, 70, 88 and 89 of the Factories Act, 1987.


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