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1 Emergencies, Weeds & Pest Animals Branch PMB 8 Camden NSW 2570 Tel: ; Job Task: Manual Handling - inside Branch - Emergencies, Weeds & Pest Animals Unit - Emergency Preparedness & Response ocation Preparedness activities, emergency operation centres (EOC s), temporary work sites RISK IDENTIFICATION AND CONTROS Please include all discrete steps involved in the performance of the task NOTE: The PPE required must be listed and the minimum PPE for each chemical must be listed as per the relevant MSDS. R1 Risk without controls R2 Risk with controls Procedural step(s) Possible hazard(s) R1 Safety control(s) R2 Preparation: Assess size, shape, condition & weight of loads S Ensure personnel are trained in manual handling lifting techniques and/or effectively supervised Provide loads that are light & easy to handle eg compact, rigid & preferably with handles Provide mechanical aids, straps, trolleys or team lifting for heavy loads Ensure proper clothing, footwear & PPE that allows tasks to be performed without restriction, eg o Gloves for hot, cold or slippery loads (NB: Gloves may adversely affect grip, strength & dexterity) o Aprons to allow loads to be held close to the body (NB: Aprons may affect mobility & comfort) o Non-slip, enclosed footwear Reduce risk of injury by restricting: o ifting weights to less than 4.5kg when seated o ifting weights to less than 16-20kg when standing o o ifting weights to less than 16kg to workers under 18yo Avoid pushing, pulling & sliding objects that are difficult to move (without mechanical aid) Manual Handling inside SWMS V1 30 September 2008 Page 1 of 5

2 Procedural step(s) Possible hazard(s) R1 Safety control(s) Preparation: Assess workflow and work area ift & carry objects ower & stack objects Strain the spine & back muscles Stress on back & limbs acerations & abrasions Fractures & crush injuries Strain the spine & back muscles Stress on back & limbs S Eliminate unnecessary manual handling Allow for frequent rest periods & job rotation Organise a smooth work flow Ensure mechanical aids are available as required Provide sufficient staff numbers Train in safe team lifting procedures & use only when other means are not available Provide even, slip-resistant floors Provide an uncluttered, well lit workplace S Use mechanical aids where available Hold loads close to the body Vary work tasks during day or take regular breaks Provide adequate numbers of trained staff to allow rotation Ensure new workers are supervised adequately Perform all movements in a controlled, balanced, comfortable position Minimise repetitive bending, twisting and overreaching movements Use correct lifting techniques as per manual handling training, including: o Stand close to the load with feet apart for good balance o Place one foot beside the object & one behind o Bend your knees o Keep your back straight as possible o Ensure a comfortable grip of the object o ift gradually straighten your knees & stand o Use your leg muscles o Avoid quick jerky movements o Ensure the object does not obscure your vision or interfere with normal walking o Avoid twisting your body move your feet to change direction o Support the object to change your grip S Ensure your feet & body face the spot the object is to be placed Bend your knees, keep your back straight & hold the object close to your body R2 Manual Handling inside SWMS V1 30 September 2008 Page 2 of 5

3 Procedural step(s) Possible hazard(s) R1 Safety control(s) acerations & abrasions Fractures & crush injuries Allow room for your fingers Ensure the object is secure when put down Store loads where possible between knee & shoulder height & as close to the location to where they will be used Provide adequate space to facilitate ease of loading Overall risk rating S Overall risk rating R2 RISK RATING GUIDE Consequence Death Catastrophic Illness/Injury Major Extensive Injuries Moderate Medical treatment required Minor No injuries ikelihood Almost certain Occurred before/expected ikely Probably will occur Moderate May occur at some time Unlikely Unusual or rare situation H H S S H S S S H S S High (H) cease exposure immediately until protection, approved at senior management level, implemented. Significant (S) procedures alone may not be enough, senior management attention required. ow () may be managed by routine procedures, some risks in this category may be acceptable. SPECIFIC TASK REQUIREMENTS Qualifications or experience Forklift operators qualifications and experience for personnel using forklifts Training Formal training - relevant DPI/RPB staff should attend formal training on Manual Handling Informal training in the use of appliances. Manufacturer s operation instructions Engineering details, certificates, WorkCover approvals Forklift license Correct shelving & platforms Furniture Correct transport vehicles Manual Handling inside SWMS V1 30 September 2008 Page 3 of 5

4 Relevant codes of practice, legislation or standards Occupational Health & Safety Act 2000 Occupational Health & Safety Regulation 2001 National Standard for Manual Tasks 2007 National Code of Practice for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders from Performing Manual Tasks 2007 Plant/equipment Trolley Pallet jacks Fork lift licensed operators only Maintenance checks, site/workplace inspections For appliances follow Manufacturer s Operators Manual Forklifts, jacks and trolleys maintained Suggested improvements (in order or priority) Additional comments Assessment dates Initial assessment date 30 September 08 Current assessment date Reassessment due date Assessors Joanne oughlin J oughlin 30 September 08 Recommendation (Project Officer, Agricultural Protection Officer, Team eader, OIC, Coordinator) Follow up required Joanne oughlin Project Officer J oughlin 30 September 2008 Approval (Manager GEPR, eader APFHEPR, Section Manager, Controller) Kevin Cooper, eader APFHEPR K Cooper 31 October 2008 Manual Handling inside SWMS V1 30 September 2008 Page 4 of 5

5 I have read and understand this Safe Work Method Statement Name / Role Signature Date Name / Role Signature Date Manual Handling inside SWMS V1 30 September 2008 Page 5 of 5

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