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 Masonry blockwork - Mix and load mortar safe work method statement/job safety analysis  

Mixing of mortar

Mortar is a pliable paste placed between masonry materials that when set turns hard resulting in the rigid bonding of the masonry materials.

  • Mortar is typically a proportioned blend of sand and cement, or cement and lime.

A builder's labourer normally undertakes the mixing and loading of mortar to mortar boards in readiness for a blocklayer,

Tasks

Tasks associated with the mixing and loading of mortar to mortar boards include:

  • Establishing work area and plant e.g. cement mixer for mixing of mortar materials;
  • Hazardous manual tasks, ergonomic issues and lifting of materials using a shovel;
  • Assessment of work environment for hazards and risks;
  • Protection of exposed steel reinforcement;
  • Handling of a wheelbarrow for the transporting of mortar from a mixer to a mud board;
  • Operation of a ginny wheel to hoist mortar to a working platform;
  • Setup of mortar boards relevant to working platform and work area;
  • Loading of mortar to mortar boards;
  • Cleaning of mortar boards, plant, tools, etc;
  • Selection of personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • How to conduct a hazard identification of the task being performed;
  • Compliance with specific controls as per a regulation, code of practice;
  • How to assess the risk to workers undertaking the mixing and loading of mortar to mortar boards.

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WHS compliance has never been easier with your safe work method statement or job safety analysis prepared by ex WHS Qld Government Workplace Health and Safety Inspectorate in consultation with Industry OHS Representatives to comply with Work Health and Safety Legislation, Codes of Practice, Industry Standards and Australian Standards.

As a subscriber to a WHS online safe work method statement SWMS or job safety analysis JSA you and your employees can:

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  • Never worry again about amendments, updates and versions; and
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  • That means there can be no confusion as you and your employees are all using the same safe work method statement, swms or jsa at the same time, leaving you to concentrate on your business.

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 Example Safe work method statement / job safety analysis for the mixing and loading of mortar  

The sample safe work method statement is an extract of the first two identified health and safety hazards for mixing and loading mortar.

  • The business logo and administrative details you provide at time of purchase shall replace those that you see in the sample safe work method statement/job safety analysis.

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 Masonry blockwork - Mix and load mortar safe work method statement  

 Hazard  
 Risk/outcome  
 Control measures  
 Implementation of controls  
Consultation not undertaken with workers as to the safe method of mixing mortar and transferring it to a mortar board.Workers shall be exposed to risk of death, serious injury or illness where the mixing and transfer of mortar is performed or undertaken incorrectly.

Sustainable injuries/illnesses would include but not be limited to:

  • First aid medical treatment for cuts and abrasions;
  • Dermatitis;
  • Skin disorders;
  • Musculoskeletal injuries; and
  • Respiratory disease.

The mixing and transfer of mortar to mortar boards shall be undertaken in accordance with any manufacturers instruction and any instructions provided by Electrical Plumbing Group .Electrical Plumbing Group has a duty to ensure the health and safety of themselves, workers and other persons.
  • Workers undertaking the mixing of mortar and transfer to mortar boards shall be provided information, instruction, training and supervision as to the correct method by which to undertake the mixing of mortar and transfer to a mortar board.

Consultation

Consultation shall occur between line management, workers and health and safety representatives as to the safe method of mixing mortar and transferring it to a mortar board.

The process of consultation shall assess the hazards generated from the mixing of mortar and its transfer to a mortar board and take into consideration:

  • Is the operation of plant e.g.cement mixer necessary;
  • Could an alternative process of mixing the mortar be used with less risk to the user;
  • Environmental hazards and risks to workers e.g. excavations, trenches, exposed steel reinforcement, etc;
  • Scaffolding and working platforms incorporating a ginny wheel;
  • Hazardous manual tasks associated with a person mixing and loading of mortar to mortar boards e.g. minimise distance required to bend when selecting and loading materials into a cement mixer;
  • Hazardous chemicals, substances and products used in the mixing of mortar;
  • Are workers at risk of serious illness when mixing mortar.

Electrical Plumbing Group shall make a prepared for the mixing of mortar and transfer to a mortar board available for perusal by workers.

Residual risk

Following the implementation of controls the risk should reduce to:

 Hazard  
 Risk/outcome  
 Control measures  
 Implementation of controls  
Introduction of hazards generated from the mixing and transfer of mortar to a mortar board as a result of implementing proposed control measures. Workers shall be exposed to risk of death, serious injury or illness where hazards are created as a result of implementing proposed control measures.

Sustainable injuries/illnesses would include but not be limited to:

  • First aid medical treatment for cuts and abrasions;
  • Dermatitis;
  • Skin disorders;
  • Musculoskeletal injuries; and
  • Respiratory disease.
Control measures as per the hierarchy of controls shall be developed and implemented where additional hazards are generated from the mixing and transfer of mortar to a mortar board.
Electrical Plumbing Group shall ensure hazards generated as a result of mixing and transferring of mortar to a mortar board are identified with the hazard controlled.

Control measures

To prevent risk of death, serious injury or illness to workers and other persons, the person with management or control of the works shall ensure:

  • The risk of death, serious injury or illness resulting due to the conduct of the task is assessed to determine a persons exposure;
  • Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, serious injury or illness to persons shall be developed in consultation with workers;
  • Control measures as per the hierarchy of controls shall be implemented to prevent, or minimise a persons level of exposure to risk of death, serious injury or illness;
  • Workers undertaking the mixing and transfer of mortar to a mortar board shall be trained as to any new control/s to be implemented and informed as to the hazard notification process should additional hazards be identified.

Residual risk

Following the implementation of controls the risk should reduce to:

 Additional hazards and risks with mixing and loading mortar  

Additional hazards and risks identified with the mixing and loading of mortar for which control measures have been developed as per the risk identification process include:

  • Planning and preparation for mixing and transfer of mortar to boards.
  • Environmental hazards at the workplace and immediate work area.
  • Plant used in the mixing and loading of mortar.
  • Working with faulty, defective or non-compliant plant.
  • Mixing of mortar from raw materials.
  • Contact with portland cement.
  • Transfer of mortar from cement mixer to wheelbarrow.
  • Movement of wheelbarrow at a workplace.
  • Transfer of mortar from wheelbarrow to mortar board.
  • Hazardous chemicals and products associated with the mixing and transfer of mortar to boards.
  • Hazardous manual tasks associated with mixing and transferring mortar to boards.
  • Workers not provided with the required personal protective equipment and having not received instruction as to method by which to wear an article of PPE.
  • Training not provided to workers as to how to mix, transfer and load mortar to mortar boards.
  • Housekeeping of a workplace not undertaken and/or no areas assigned for the storage of materials and plant.
  • Workers not advised of specific controls to be implemented to ensure compliance with Work Health and Safety Legislation, Codes of Practice and Standards.
  • Performance of tasks and activities undertaken in connection with the mixing, transfer and loading of mortar to boards.
  • Failure to monitor the implementation of control measures.

How do you keep employees and clients current and up to date?

Simple each user be they an employee, contractor or client is assigned a unique username and password to access the controlled version for the mixing and transfer of mortar to boards jsa/swms online.

  • Each user can access and view the online swms/jsa from a web capable device e.g. mobile phone with their username and password.
  • Line management personnel can access and print the safe work method statement/job safety analysis and online jsa/swms forms.
  • Line management personnel can send an swms/jsa email notification to a principal contractor, pcbu's and workers advising as to the details of the workplace, principal contractor, commencement and completion dates, person with management or control and any specific controls to be implemented when mixing and transferring mortar to boards.
  • Users are notified of an amendment to the job safety analysis/work method statement via the online ohs diary and email notification.

What we will do to get you online

As a WHS online safe work method statement or job safety analysis subscriber WHS shall:

  • Create a group user account for your business and assign the user access required by you and your employees.
  • Insert your company logo and business details throughout the online safe work method statement, swms or jsa for the purpose of work health and safety compliance.
  • Notify you if the work method statement or job safety analysis or it's safe operating procedures or methods are amended.

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  3. Complete your order and payment process. A Tax Invoice will be forwarded to the email address you provide.

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Upon receipt of payment notification WHS shall:

  • Send you an email requesting any additional information we may require to create your group registration.
  • Within 2 hours, customise your online safe work method statement/job safety analysis to incorporate your company logo and relevant business details, and create the required subscriber user access and email details of usernames and passwords to you. Where our workload is excessive we reserve the right to extend this time frame to 24 hours.

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