MPCB issues SOP for carrying out Inspection of Factories
The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board has issued a SOP for carrying out inspections and sample testing of industries.
Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for carrying out Inspection during phase of
COVID-19 pandemic in Maharashtra.
Maharashtra Pollution Control Board is mandated for Prevention, Control and
Abatement of Pollution in the Environment and secure execution thereof. MPCB is
granting Consents and Authorizations to all such establishments covered under
Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, Air (Prevention and Control of
Pollution Act) 1981 and Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
Presently, Board is inspecting/verifying the compliance of industries by following
a. Manual Inspection: In this type, inspection is carried out through Centralized
randomized Inspection System (Procedure of the same already published by
b. Online Monitoring System: Highly polluted industries and Industries located
in CETP area were mandated to install Online Monitoring system and directed
these industries to transmit their data to Board server.
c. Compliance Module: Board has recently developed compliance module and
asked 17 Category and CAC/CC industries to submit daily data to the Board
through this module. The data consisting design and operational parameters of
pollution control system.
Maharashtra is currently facing COVID-19 pandemic issue. Government of India
and Government of Maharashtra have issued Government Resolutions/Orders for
operation of various essential commodities industries which included pharma, Bulk
Drug and continuous process industries, along with respective supply chains
Accordingly, Government of Maharashtra, also decided to start the support
offices/vigilance offices as per the requisite staff strength which was clearly
mentioned in the respective GR/Orders to deliver/perform their duties.
As the prime duty of the Board to control the pollution by carrying out inspection of
polluting industry and considering the current situation, it was decided to prepare
the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP’s) for carry out the inspection and
collection of joint vigilance samples to minimize the risk of the COVID-19. This
SOP is applicable to only the current phase of COVID-19 pandemic in
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2. Priority of Inspection:
Board officials initially identify the priority of inspection among the industries are
working/operational within respective jurisdiction. All operational 17 Category and
CAC/CC units to be monitored through Online Monitoring System and data
available in compliance module. The physical inspection to be carried out in case
of following criteria only by taking due precautions and prior permission from
a) Compliance of the Hon’ble NGT/Court order.
b) Any untoward incidents/industrial accidents.
c) Application received to the Board for Consent to Establish, 1st Consent to
Operate or for expansion of all red and orange category industries, all
industries where EIA Notification is applicable and all industries wherever the
citing criteria is mandated, example Establishment of Stone Crusher, etc. In
case of green category Industries, self-declaration about site, machineries,
and equipment and site photograph along with GPS coordinate of site shall be
taken on record instead of site visit.
d) Common facilities especially for CBMWSTDF, CETP’s, CHWMTF, etc.
e) Compliant received against the industries regarding discharge of trade
effluent/emissions without any treatment in Environment and posing threat to
the public life and endangering the environment.
f) Complaint about illegal disposal of HW & BMW from industries/HCEs.
g) Environmental Sample collection of State and National program.
3. Precautions to be taken during physical Inspection & Sample Collection:
i. The Officer going for the inspection should be less than 45 Years of age and
does not have dependents age more than 60 Years and less than 5 Years who
are residing with them.
ii. Thermal screening is compulsory for daily basis of all officers /staff and record
of thermal screening should be kept in office.
iii. Any symptoms of COVID-19, like fever, cough; sneezing should not attend the
office/not carry out the inspection.
iv. Assign designated vehicle and driver for Inspection (ensure the Office vehicle
v. Apply for the online pass for movement of the vehicles. (From Police
vi. Vehicle to be sanitized by driver in morning and record of record of sanitizing
vehicle should be kept on logbook.
vii. Officer and driver should perform hand hygiene and wear PPE (mask,
goggles, etc.) before entering in the vehicle. They shall perform hand hygiene
frequently, particularly after contacted with respiratory secretions. Hand
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hygiene to be carried out either cleaning hands with soap and water or with an
alcohol-based hand rub. And record of PPE used should be maintained by
viii. Similarly, monitoring logistic provider should take measures as per protocol
and maintain the record of the officials accompanies Viz. screaming of their
Temperature, PPE used, disinfection of Vehicle and instruments/equipment,
chemical used for disinfection etc. The record in this regard has to be maintain
office wise and shall be produced when asked for check.
ix. Ensure the social distancing criteria as per the Government guideline while
travelling in the vehicles.
x. The sampling equipment’s also to be sanitized before use. (While stack
monitoring more precaution are required, as using alcohol-based sanitizer)
xi. Officer shall carry out inspection and ensure maintenance of social distance
with Industry representative during inspection, avoid personnel contact. The
sampling/inspection to be carried out as per the prevailing procedure lay down
by the Board (on the tab only using inspection module).
xii. Only one industry representative, who must wear PPE, shall accompany the
Board Officials during visit and inspection, and inspecting officer/team should
maintain the record of people (name, address of office and home, contact
number and mode of transport they use) whom they meet during inspection
for contact tracing.
xiii. The collected sample after seal at the site itself to be handed over to
Laboratory by externally sanitizing it.
4. Precaution to be taken at Laboratory:
i. Before receiving the sample receiving officer shall check the sanitizing
ii. All officers/staff at Laboratory shall sufficiently wear PPE and they shall
maintain record of PPE used.
iii. During sample handling officers/staff shall perform hand hygiene and wear
PPE (mask, goggles, etc.).
iv. Ensure the social distancing criteria as per the Government guideline while
v. Laboratory need to be frequently sanitized and especially sample
5. Applicability of SOP’s:
This SOP is applicable to only the current phase of COVID-19 pandemic in