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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Health (General Provisions)

    1. 1. Cleanliness.

    2. 2. Overcrowding.

    3. 3. Temperature.

    4. 4. Ventilation.

    5. 5. Lighting.

    6. 6. Drainage of floors.

    7. 7. Sanitary Conveniences.

    8. 8.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    9. 9, 10.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    10. 10A.(1) If an employment medical adviser is of opinion that...

    11. 11. Power to require medical supervision.

  3. Part II Safety (General Provisions)

    1. 12. Prime movers.

    2. 13. Transmission machinery.

    3. 14. Other machinery.

    4. 15. Provisions as to unfenced machinery.

    5. 16. Construction and maintenance of fencing.

    6. 17. Construction and sale of machinery.

    7. 18. Dangerous substances.

    8. 19. Self-acting machines.

    9. 20. Cleaning of machinery by young persons.

    10. 21. Training and supervision of young persons working at dangerous machines.

    11. 22. Hoists and lifts—general.

    12. 23. Hoists and lifts used for carrying persons.

    13. 24. Teagle openings and similar doorways.

    14. 25. Exceptions and provisions supplementary to ss. 22–24.

    15. 26. Chains, ropes and lifting tackle.

    16. 27. Cranes and other lifting machines.

    17. 28. Floors, passages and stairs.

    18. 29. Safe means of access and safe place of employment.

    19. 30. Dangerous fumes and lack of oxygen.

    20. 31. Precautions with respect to explosive or inflammable dust, gas, vapour or substance.

    21. 32. Steam boilers—attachments and construction.

    22. 33. Steam boilers—maintenance, examination and use.

    23. 34. Steam boilers—restrictions on entry.

    24. 35. Steam receivers and steam containers.

    25. 36. Air receivers.

    26. 37. Exceptions as to steam boilers, steam receivers and containers, and air receivers.

    27. 38. Steam boilers—supplementary provisions.

    28. 39. Precautions as respects water-sealed gasholders.

    29. 40—52.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    30. 53—55.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    31. 56. Application of Part II to Scotland.

  4. Part III Welfare (General Provisions)

    1. 57. Supply of drinking water.

    2. 58. Washing facilities.

    3. 59. Accommodation for clothing.

    4. 60. Sitting facilities.

    5. 61.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    6. 62.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  5. Part IV Health, Safety and Welfare (Special Provisions and Regulations)

    1. Special provisions

      1. 63, 64.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      2. 65. Protection of eyes in certain processes.

      3. 66.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      4. 67.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      5. 68. Humid factories.

      6. 69. Underground rooms.

      7. 70, 71.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      8. 72. Lifting excessive weights.

      9. 73.(1) . . . . . . . . ....

      10. 74. Prohibition of employment of women and young persons in certain processes connected with lead manufacture.

      11. 75.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      12. 76.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. Supplementary provisions

      1. 77, 78.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      2. 79. Restriction on approval of plans for cotton cloth factories.

  6. Part V Notification and Investigation of Accidents and Industrial Diseases

    1. 80.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 81.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    3. 82.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    4. 83.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    5. 84.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    6. 85.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  7. Part VI Employment of Women and Young Persons

    1. 86—94.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 95.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    3. 96—109.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    4. 110—111.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    5. 112—116.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    6. Exemptions in interest of efficiency of industry or transport

      1. 117. Exemptions from provisions regulating hours of employment.

    7. Certificate of fitness for employment of young persons

      1. 118.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      2. 119. Power of inspector to require certificate of fitness for work.

      3. 119A. Duty of factory occupier to give notice of employment of a young person.

  8. Part VII Special Applications and Extensions

    1. Factories occupying parts of buildings

      1. 120.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      2. 121. Tenement factories—other provisions.

      3. 122. Parts of buildings let off as separate factories—other provisions.

    2. Electrical stations

      1. 123. Application of Act to electrical stations.

    3. Institutions

      1. 124. Institutions.

    4. Docks, wharves, quays, warehouses and ships

      1. 125. Docks, etc.

      2. 126. Ships.

    5. Works of building and engineering construction

      1. 127. Building operations and works of engineering construction.

    6. Lead processes carried on in places other than factories

      1. 128. Employment of women and young persons in places other than factories in processes connected with lead manufacture or involving the use of lead compounds.

      2. 129.(1) . . . . . . . . ....

      3. 130.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      4. 131. Prohibition of employment of women and young persons in painting buildings with lead paint.

      5. 132. Provisions supplementary to ss. 129-131.

  9. Part VIII Home Work

    1. 133. Lists of outworkers to be kept in certain trades.

    2. 134.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  10. Part IX

    1. 135—135A.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 136.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  11. Part X Notices, Returns, Records, Duties of Persons Employed, and Application of Weights and Measures Acts

    1. 137. Notice of occupation of factory, and use of mechanical power.

    2. 138. Posting of abstract of Act and notices.

    3. 139. Provisions as to special regulations.

    4. 140. General registers.

    5. 141. Preservation of registers and records.

    6. 142.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    7. 143.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    8. 144.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  12. Part XI Administration

    1. 145.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 146, 147.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    3. 148.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    4. 149, 150.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    5. 151, 152.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    6. 153. Provisions as to county and district councils.

    7. 154. Prohibition of disclosure of information

    8. 154A.Exception to the prohibition: public authorities

  13. Part XII Offences, Penalties and Legal Proceedings

    1. 155. Offences.

    2. 156. Fines for offences for which no express penalty provided.

    3. 157. Power of court to order cause of contravention to be remedied.

    4. 158. Fine for offence by parent.

    5. 159.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    6. 160. Penalty on person actually committing an offence for which other person is primarily liable.

    7. 161. Power of person primarily liable to exempt himself from liability.

    8. 162. Proceedings against persons not primarily liable.

    9. 163. Owner of machine liable in certain cases instead of occupier.

    10. 164. Prosecution of offences and application of fines.

    11. 165.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    12. 166. Special provisions as to evidence.

    13. 167. Proceedings for offences in respect of the employment of children.

    14. 168. Service of documents, etc.

    15. 169. Power of county court or sheriff to modify agreements.

    16. 170. Power of county court or sheriff to apportion expenses.

    17. 171. Application of the Arbitration Act 1996.

  14. Part XIII Application of Act

    1. 172. General application.

    2. 173. Application to Crown.

    3. 174.(1) None of the provisions of this Act shall apply...

  15. Part XIV Interpretation and General

    1. Interpretation

      1. 175.Interpretation of expression “factory".

      2. 176. General interpretation

    2. General

      1. 177.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      2. 178.Certificates of birth.

      3. 179.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      4. 180. Regulations, rules and orders.

      5. 181. Substitution of corresponding provisions for certain provisions of Factory and Workshop Act 1901.

      6. 182. General application to Scotland.

      7. 183. Transitional provisions and repeals.

      8. 184. Construction of references in other enactments to factories and workshops, etc. and exclusion of certain provisions of Public Health (London) Act 1936.

      9. 185. Short title, commencement and extent.

  16. SCHEDULES

    1. FIRST SCHEDULE

    2. SECOND SCHEDULE

      1. . . . . . . . . . ....

    3. THIRD AND FOURTH SCHEDULES

      1. . . . . . . . . . ....

    4. FIFTH SCHEDULES

      Provisions of the Factory and Workshop Act 1901 applicable in London and Scotland only . . .

      1. 61. Prohibition of employment of women after childbirth.

      2. 109. Making of wearing apparel where there is scarlet fever or smallpox.

      3. 110. Prohibition of home work in places where there is infectious disease.

    5. SIXTH SCHEDULE

      Transitional Provisions

      1. 1.Any reference in any enactment or document, whether express or...

      2. 2.Any order, regulation, rule, byelaw or appointment made, direction, certificate...

      3. 3.. . . . . . . . . ....

      4. 4.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2) of this paragraph, a factory...

      5. 5.In the case of any factory constructed or converted for...

      6. 6.Where, before the coming into operation of the First Schedule...

      7. 7.Any order made under Regulation 59 of the Defence (General)...

      8. 8.The mention of particular matters in this Schedule shall be...

    6. SEVENTH SCHEDULE

      1. . . . . . . . . . ....

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